Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Hundred-Year House

Refuge. Readers who enjoy clever writing will find hours of pleasure when reading Rebecca Makkai’s novel, The Hundred-Year House. The house in the title is an estate named Laurelfield, near Chicago, and it provides the setting for a meandering plot that starts in 1999, proceeds back to 1955, then 1929, and finally 1900 when the house was built. The crumbs of family secrets and personal stories that Makkai leaves behind in each section become a delightful repast by the time the novel concludes. The estate is used as a refuge by a community of artists for many years, and Makkai’s exploration of both refuge and community add a dimension of depth to this finely written novel. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Hundred-Year House from

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