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The hundred-year house

Author: Rebecca Makkai
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A dazzlingly original new novel from the acclaimed author of The Borrower. Now, Makkai returns with an ingenious novel set on an historic estate that once housed an arts colony. Doug, the husband of the estate's heir, desperately needs the colony files to get his stalled academic career back on track. But what he discovers when he finally gets his hands on them is more than he bargained for. Doug may never learn  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Relationships
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Makkai
ISBN: 9780525426684 052542668X 9780434023431 0434023434 9780143127444 0143127446
OCLC Number: 861478903
Description: 338 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse. They live in the former Laurelfield Arts Colony house. An out-of-work academic whose only hope of a future position is securing a book deal, Doug is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, once in residence at the colony. He needs access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. But when Doug begins to poke around where he shouldn't, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity, raising questions about what she might be hiding.
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All he needs to get the book back on track - besides some motivation and self-esteem - is access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. The secrets of the hundred-year house  Read more...

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"Makkai's second novel defies genre - part literary mystery, part comedy of manners, part wickedly funny satire. Whichever way you look at it, it's remarkable." * Daily Mail * "Rebecca Makkai is a Read more...

 
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