Keeping the House

  • by Ellen Baker
  • Narrated by Christine Williams
  • 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When newlywed Dolly Magnuson moves to 1950s Pine Rapids, Wisconsin, she discovers that making marriage work is harder than it looks in the pages of the Ladies Home Journal. As she adapts to her new life, her restless imagination is seized by an abandoned Victorian house which, she learns from quilting-circle gossip, belongs to the once prominent Mickelson family. When she trespasses in the mansion, she is discovered by the troubled grandson, JJ Mickelson, a Marine veteran who lost his leg at Iwo Jima. Ultimately, JJ reveals the fascinating story of his family's downfall, and both Dolly and JJ will likewise discover the truths of their own lives and feelings.


What the Critics Say

"Stuffed to bursting with stories of love, loss, revenge, obsession, emotional and physical violence, and general familial mayhem...[with] engaging characters." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A rich and enthralling tale

The publisher's review does not do justice to the intricacies and depth of this novel. I loved this book on many levels. First of all, there is the humor. Descriptions of the ideal housewife of the 40s and 50s are wryly amusing, but at the same time, isn't simple goodness and striving to please an important essence of a good marriage? The dynastic tale of the Michelson family is intensely interesting. Is there truly a curse at work, or are the 3 generations we come to know so intimately, predestined to live lives shaped by their own foibles, or in some cases by their very strengths. This book is part mystery and suspense, part cautionary tale, part allegory of hope and ultimate redemption.
If you enjoy good story telling you will enjoy this book.
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- T. Moyer


I drove the long way home just to keep listening.
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- Kim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.