The hundred-year house

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The acclaimed author of The Borrower returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield. "Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious." - Richard Russo 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 and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room. Violet's portrait was known to terrify the artists who resided at the house from the 1920s to the 1950s, when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony--and this is exactly the period Zee's husband, Doug, is interested in. 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. 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. 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. The secrets of the hundred-year house would turn everything Doug and Zee think they know about her family on its head--that is, if they were to ever uncover them. In this brilliantly conceived, ambitious, and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirical voice, Rebecca Makkai has crafted an unforgettable novel about family, fate and the incredible surprises life can offer.
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subject_facet Artist colonies, Artist colonies -- Fiction, Artists -- Fiction, College teachers, College teachers -- Fiction, Colleges and universities -- Fiction, Domestic fiction, Eccentrics and eccentricities, Eccentrics and eccentricities -- Fiction, Electronic books, FICTION -- General, FICTION -- Historical, FICTION -- Literary, Family life -- Fiction, Family secrets, Family secrets -- Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literature, Relationships, Secrets -- Fiction
title_display The hundred-year house
title_full The Hundred-Year House, The hundred-year house / Rebecca Makkai, The hundred-year house [electronic resource]. Rebecca Makkai
title_short The hundred-year house
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topic_facet Artist colonies, Artists, College teachers, Colleges and universities, Eccentrics and eccentricities, FICTION, Family life, Family secrets, Fiction, General, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literary, Literature, Secrets