One of the Best Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

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….(to read the rest of the review, click here).

Author

Karen Swallow Prior is Professor of English at Liberty University. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More–Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. She writes for Christianity Today, The Atlantic, and Think Christian.