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Book Title: Keeping the House|
The author of the book: Ellen Baker
Date of issue: February 14th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781433240010
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 458 KB
Edition: Blackstone Audiobooks
Read full description of the books Keeping the House:Set in Wisconsin, this is the story of two families: the Magnusons and the Mickelsons.
Dolly and Byron Magnuson just moved to Pine Rapids, WI. It is 1950, and Dolly is desperately trying to be the perfect wife. While working on a quilt with the town's old biddies, she learns of the other family.
The Mickelsons lived in Pine Rapids also. Wilma and John were married in 1896 and lived in a grand house in the small town. They had four children, two of whom served in WWI and two grandchildren, one of whom served in WWII.
Both marriages challenge the wives. Both women are not quite sure that marriage is the right choice for them. Through stories of the Mickelson family, Dolly learns that she is not alone in her struggles.
This is a great novel. The Mickelson family saga is engrossing, and Dolly is a very likeable character as well.
Read information about the authorEllen Baker's first novel, KEEPING THE HOUSE, won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award; her second novel, I GAVE MY HEART TO KNOW THIS, was a Heartland Indie Bestseller. Reviewers have called Ellen’s novels “masterful” (Booklist), “sensitive” (Publisher’s Weekly), “vivid” (Chicago Tribune), and “artful” (Philadelphia Inquirer), while authors such as Richard Ford, Elizabeth Berg, and Jacquelyn Mitchard respectively called them “large in the best sense,” “rich… powerful and poignant,” and “beautifully made.” With roots in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Ellen currently lives on the coast of Maine, where she's working on her third novel.
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