Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kate Walbert: best books

Kate Walbert, author of the new novel A Short History of Women, named a best books list of her favorite (unlikely) heroines for The Week magazine.

One novel on her list:
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Housekeeping would also be on my list of all-time best books. Sylvie, the eccentric, dreamy aunt to Ruth and Lucille, arrives to take care of the children, but her “housekeeping” leads to disaster. With its lyrical, deeply resonant prose, Robinson’s first novel is heart-rending, and her Sylvie unforgettable.
Read about another novel on Walbert's list.

--Marshal Zeringue