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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. The House Keepers - Hangin On Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Entrenched on the same land since the early s, the Howlands have, for seven generations, been pillars of their Southern community. Extraordinary family lore has been passed down to Abigail Howland, but not all of it. Alone in the house the Howlands built, she is at once shaken by those who have betrayed her, and determined to punish The House Keepers - Hangin On town that has persecuted her and her kin.
Morally intricate, graceful and suspenseful, The Keepers of the House has become a modern classic. Get A Copy. Paperbackpages. Published November 11th by Vintage first published More Details Original Title. Alabama United States.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Keepers of the House. The Pulitzer Prize winner for literature, Grau's third novel brings the multiple sides of race relations in the south bubbling to the surface. A novel featuring exquisite prose The House Keepers - Hangin On a captivating story, Keepers of the House weaves a tale of many generations of one interlocking family in a rural southern community.
In the s the family still occupies an estate on the outskirts of town yet has grown to own most of the town and the land surrounding it. Despite being stubborn and wild, the Howlands represent an archetype for a southern family that rebuilds time and again and adapts to the changes around them. At the time of this novel, we meet Abigail Howland Mason, a strong southern woman and the granddaughter of the last William Howland. Keepers of the House is her story as much as her family's, and she narrates her backstory from the porch of her home.
William Howland fell in love The World Is At War - Brian Tyler - Battle:LA (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) a Negro named Margaret Carmichael later in life at a time when having one drop of black blood was a crime in the south.
Intermarriage was unheard of and punishable. Yet, William Howland did the unthinkable- he went north to marry Margaret and made sure that she and their children were taken care of for the rest of their lives. Even The House Keepers - Hangin On he largely raised his granddaughter Abigail, he keeps this secret from her for the rest of his life. Shirley Grau weaves a tale of politics, race relations, and magical realism that often comes to the surface The House Keepers - Hangin On southern tales.
In this gem of a book, she creates memorable characters from William Howland's sister Annie to Margaret's family to Oliver the housekeeper. She takes us back to a time where much of a county is related to one another and weddings and funerals last for weeks. Even as late as the s and '50s, she creates a modern rural persona in Abigail who is naive to the ways of the world yet strong as a keeper of her family's land.
Her charming narration of much of this book held my attention, especially in parts that were painful to read. Keepers of the House is much deserving of the Pulitzer Prize. Shirley Ann Grau brings race and political relations to a head at a time when respected white southern men joined the Klan. Writing this novel when the south was divided over the passage of the Civil Rights Act must have taken much courage on her part.
I am grateful for the Southern Literary Trail for selecting this gem of a book, or I most likely would not have chosen it on my own.
A hidden diamond of a book and a writer, I rate Keepers of the House five bright stars. View all 23 comments. Sep 17, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: family-sagasreviewedfavoritesreadamerican-authoramerican-southern-prosehistorical-fictionamerican-historycountry-manner-house-novelsdrama.
When Money and Power hurts really badly, it lashes out and destroys as much as it has lost. When Money and Power looks back on the cadavers left behind after the battle was concluded, it sees a drought-shrunken river which turns back the sky, dully, Slow Marimbas - Peter Gabriel - Birdy an old mirror.
Over the vast expanse of the The House Keepers - Hangin On heartland, belonging to seven generations of William The House Keepers - Hangin Ondestiny spanned invisible woven threads over Howland Place, Madison City and the county. Abigail Howland Mason Tolliver, a Howland descendant, stumbled and fell into it.
The sins of the fathers revisited the children. It was a God-awful reality. There was a time when Money-power had a human name.
It all started out in the spring of when William Marshall Howland from Tennessee, settled down in the county and named the river Providence, after his mother. Through seven generations, the Howlands worked hard. They farmed and hunted; Love All The Hurt Away - Aretha Franklin - Love All The Hurt Away made whiskey and rum and took it to the market down the Providence River to Mobile.
However, it was Mrs. She had a craving for land, and as other farms were sold in the poverty-stricken '70's and '80's she began buying. All sorts of land. Bottoms, for cotton. Sandy pine ridges that weren't used for anything in those days except woodlots. It was Methodist and Baptist country, where Coonshine was popular; Catholics and Freejack Negroes were unpopular; Ridge runners brewed likker in the middle of the Honey Island Swamps; the New Church community of proud Freejacks settled the pine uplands and the swampy bottomlands between the east and west branches of the Providence River, had Indian Coctaw ancestry, with their customs and traditions intact, keeping them even more away from the other Negros and spawned a half-breed called Margaret Carmichael.
She borned three red-headed, blue-eyed children to William Howland and sent them away forever to the North, to save them from a life as quadroons, or Negroes in the South, grubbing in the mud. After all, Margaret traveled by train to Cleveland to give birth to all three her white children.
That way the word 'Negro' was not on their birth certificates. In the South they were still regarded as William Howland's wood colts. One of them was Robert Howland Carmichael, William Howland's half-breed and only son, who could never claim his rightful name, which should have been William Howland the Eighth, or better yet, William Carmichael Howland.
Neither could he claim his heritage. He became Abigail's biggest threat. In the South, most people could tell that Robert was a Negro. In the North, he would have been white. Abigail wished him dead. But their common atavistic destiny dictated a different path With a ruthless vengeance the wrongs of the past came tumbling down and shattered the illusion of heaven on earth when Ms.
Abigail Howland Mason married the ambitious The House Keepers - Hangin On John Tolliver, a gubernatorial candidate. Sleeping dogs would have blissfully slumbered forever, was it not for John's indefatigable political hunger and Robert Carmichael's visit to his legally white family of Howland Place. William Howland once told his granddaughter, Abigail, that she was a child and like her mother Abigail, his daughter, had very The House Keepers - Hangin On sense.
He also said: "Our children grow old and elbow us into the grave. It was all she had left to The House Keepers - Hangin On back. And that's when history burst out in Its A Bad Wind That Dont Blow Somebody Some Good - Secret Machines - September 000. My comments A tragic, beautiful tale, told in picturesque, cinematic, lyrical prose.
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