One of the Best Novels You've Never Heard Of
Do not read this book if you’re homesick. Do not read this book if you’re homesick because you’ve been gone too many days and you’re on a plane, or a train, or anywhere in public, and you’re mortified at the thought of crying in front of strangers.Do not read this book if your soul is pierced by slow-paced narratives, the mysteries found in ordinary things, and prose as sharp and clear and laden with weight as icicles formed by countless winter days.Do not read this book if you’re prone to nostalgia for simpler, if harder times.Perhaps, on second thought, these are precisely the conditions under which you should read Marilynne Robinson’s stunning novel Housekeeping.
Prior, Karen, "One of the Best Novels You've Never Heard Of" (2016). Faculty Publications and Presentations. 188.