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The Hundred-Year House

Rebecca Makkai

The acclaimed author of The Borrower returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield. "Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious." -Richard Russo Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room. Violet's portrait was known to terrify the artists who resided at the house from the 1920s to the 1950s, when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony-and this is exactly the period Zee's husband, Doug, is interested in. An out-of-work academic whose only hope of a future position is securing a book deal, Doug is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, once in residence at the colony. All he needs to get the book back on track-besides some motivation and self-esteem-is access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. But when Doug begins to poke around where he shouldn't, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity, raising questions about what she might be hiding. The secrets of the hundred-year house would turn everything Doug and Zee think they know about her family on its head-that is, if they were to ever uncover them. In this brilliantly conceived, ambitious, and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirica

The acclaimed author of The Borrower returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield. "Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious." -Richard Russo Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room. Violet's portrait was known to terrify the artists who resided at the house from the 1920s to the 1950s, when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony-and this is exactly the period Zee's husband, Doug, is interested in. An out-of-work academic whose only hope of a future position is securing a book deal, Doug is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, once in residence at the colony. All he needs to get the book back on track-besides some motivation and self-esteem-is access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. But when Doug begins to poke around where he shouldn't, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity, raising questions about what she might be hiding. The secrets of the hundred-year house would turn everything Doug and Zee think they know about her family on its head-that is, if they were to ever uncover them. In this brilliantly conceived, ambitious, and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirica
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The acclaimed author of The Borrower returns with a dazzlingly original, mordantly witty novel about the secrets of an old-money family and their turn-of-the-century estate, Laurelfield. "Rebecca Makkai is a writer to watch, as sneakily ambitious as she is unpretentious." -Richard Russo Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents' wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there's Violet Devohr, Zee's great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room. Violet's portrait was known to terrify the artists who resided at the house from the 1920s to the 1950s, when it served as the Laurelfield Arts Colony-and this is exactly the period Zee's husband, Doug, is interested in. An out-of-work academic whose only hope of a future position is securing a book deal, Doug is stalled on his biography of the poet Edwin Parfitt, once in residence at the colony. All he needs to get the book back on track-besides some motivation and self-esteem-is access to the colony records, rotting away in the attic for decades. But when Doug begins to poke around where he shouldn't, he finds Gracie guards the files with a strange ferocity, raising questions about what she might be hiding. The secrets of the hundred-year house would turn everything Doug and Zee think they know about her family on its head-that is, if they were to ever uncover them. In this brilliantly conceived, ambitious, and deeply rewarding novel, Rebecca Makkai unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirica

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jen Tullock

Length:

8h 37m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

00:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:08


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:14


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:04


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

20:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:05


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:34


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:15:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

57:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:53


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

10:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

01:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

10:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

21:24


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

10:26


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

16:09


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

10:10