My Friday Post: Housekeeping

Book Beginnings ButtonEvery Friday Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Gillion at Rose City Reader where you can share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

This week’s book is Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

It begins:

My name is Ruth. I grew up with my younger sister, Lucille, under the care of my grandmother, Mrs Sylvia Foster, and then when she died, of her sisters-in-law, Misses Lily and Nona Foster, and when they fled of her daughter, Mrs Sylvia Fisher.

Friday 56

A sad opening, I thought. Two young children passed from pillar to post.

Also every Friday there is The Friday 56, hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice.

These are the rules:

  1. Grab a book, any book.
  2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
  3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
  4. Post it.
  5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda’s most recent Friday 56 post.

Page 56:

Sylvie put her hands in her pockets. “I think I should stay for a while,” she said. The aunts are too old. I think it’s best for now, at least.”

See my previous post for the synopsis.

23 thoughts on “My Friday Post: Housekeeping

  1. Oh, this does sound like a sad beginning, Margaret. At the same time, it sounds interesting. I’ll be keen to know what you think of it when you’ve read it.


  2. Sounds like the poor girl got moved around a lot. Sounds like the makings of an epic story though! Happy weekend!!


  3. A modern classic! What a wonderful book.

    Thanks for playing along on BBOF, even though I didn’t have a Mr. Linky this week!


  4. It is a very sad beginning but at the same time it shows that they were cared for by family – hopefully family that loved them – it’s not as bad as going to complete strangers. This sounds like an interesting book and I hope you enjoy it- let us know how you feel about it at the end. my Friday meme


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