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Each life has its place, and every variation ripples the surface of the tiny alpine village called Rosenau. Be it a mysteriously misaddressed love letter or a girl's careless delivery of two helpless relatives into Nazi hands, the town's balance is ever tested, and ever tender. Here is a novel spanning eighty years -- years that bring factories and wars, store-bought cheese and city-trained teachers -- weaving the fates of the wives, mothers, and daughters in this remote corner of Austria. To quote Rosellen Brown, "the women in this haunting book are deeply and uniquely of their place, yet they speak (often wordlessly) of women's longings and satisfactions everywhere."

Baker & Taylor
Follows the passions and fortunes of three neighboring families living in a tiny remote village in the Austrial Alps from 1909 to the late 1970s

Blackwell North Amer
High in the Austrian alps, ringed by the Three Sisters and the majestic Praying Hands, lies the tiny village of Rosenau, a scattering of dairy farms so isolated that the arrival of a postcard from the outside world is an event to set everyone talking. Against this simple backdrop, Rosina Lippi unfolds the grand passions that animate the human heart.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780395977712
Branch Call Number: FICTION LIPPI
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 21 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

Set in an Austrian alpine village so isolated that the arrival of a postcard is a major event, this remarkable book follows the lives of the women in three extended families from the year 1909 through 1977. Each chapter is told from the point of view of a different woman, introducing new characters and layers of meaning and complexity to this interesting story. Reminiscent of Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi, Homestead is a book that will move you to tears.

Jan 18, 2013

These 12 linked stories of women is set in a remote part of Western Austria, in a dairy farming community and spans the years 1909 to 1977. Lippi is a wonderful storyteller and the book is highly recommended.

May 17, 2010

This book was very moving and compelling. It moves from generation to generation to tell the story of a tiny village in the Austrian alps throughout the 20th century. There is a series of family trees at the end of the book, which would have helped me to keep track of the inter-marriages and changing nicknames of the characters if I had been looking at it while reading, but it does contain some "spoilers" as it gives the dates of death of the men who don't all come back from the wars that devastate the community.


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