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Who Occupies This House: A Novel
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2010
We're entering the season when literary prizes and nominations are being handed out. National Book Awards. Booker Prizes. Pulitzers. I read a lot of books. I switch between fiction and non-fiction. Hands down, the richest, most nuanced, impressively eloquent, and carefully, elegantly crafted work of literature that I've encountered in a very, very long time is "Who Occupies This House." I have no idea of the prizes it will win-- if any-- or the popularity it will achieve (now or ever). But, in my humble opinion--as a reader and a writer--this book is a major achievement. I read it once; then twice. I keep it on my nightstand and keep picking it up. The language keeps tripping from prose into poetry. The constant stream of insights into the delicate, unbreakable, invisible, inescapable web of loss and love that ties one generation to the next is breathtaking in its sweep and consistency. I hate to sound like a college sophomore on first looking into "Portrait of an Artist" (especially since I'm bald and over sixty), but this novel is a major literary achievement. I can't recommend it highly enough. As my son, a college junior, is fond of saying, "WOW!"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2010
Kathleen Hill's latest novel stays with you months after reading... She weaves stories of generations, Irish immigrants who make their way in America. In elegant, nuanced prose, Hill tells one family's history, narrated through shadows, a family very much of its times, sustained by an abiding love that spans tragedy and joy. The novel is haunting and memorable.
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on July 25, 2014
This is a book about five generations of one Irish family who eventually become Irish Americans. This is a challenging book with overlapping time periods, multiple narrators, and a rich nuggety style. But the reader who perseveres will be richly rewarded with unbearable joy and heartbreak and one answer to the enduring question of How Do We Become Who We Are. Mary Dalton
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
This was a book club book. We tried to do a theme for the month. This was for March as it had to do with Ireland. The story was really hard to follow.
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