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The Keepers of the House

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The Keepers of the House

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Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, The Keepers of the House is Shirley Ann Grau's masterwork, a many-layered indictment of racism and rage that is as terrifying as it is wise. When shocking facts come to light about the late William Howland's relationship with a black housekeeper, the community quickly gathers to vent its outrage upon Abigail, the last remaining member of the esteemed Howland family. Shaken and defiant, enmeshed in racism and familial obligations, Abigail is compelled to go back through her family history in order to understand herself, her father, and the South.

Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, The Keepers of the House is Shirley Ann Grau's masterwork, a many-layered indictment of racism and rage that is as terrifying as it is wise. When shocking facts come to light about the late William Howland's relationship with a black housekeeper, the community quickly gathers to vent its outrage upon Abigail, the last remaining member of the esteemed Howland family. Shaken and defiant, enmeshed in racism and familial obligations, Abigail is compelled to go back through her family history in order to understand herself, her father, and the South.

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  • AudioFile Magazine What a privilege to discover an older book that turns out to be better than most contemporary fiction. We can thank Blackstone for this pleasure as we follow the Howland family over three eventful generations in the deep South. Given the quality of the writing, it's not surprising that the book won the Pulitzer in 1965. In an equally distinguished audio version, Anna Fields's dramatic reading brings each of the Howlands vividly to life. Since reproducing Southern accents often trips up even the most accomplished narrator, it's gratifying to hear a Southern voice that is totally convincing. J.C. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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