Housewrightsby Art Corriveau
Set in a small Vermont town in the early decades of the twentieth century, Housewrights tells the story of Lily Willard, the town librarian, and her relationship with Oren and Ian Pritchard, housewrights who roam New England building houses for others though they themselves are homeless. Lily first meets the twins when they are children, and the boys arrive with their father to build Lily's family a new farmhouse. Ten years later, Oren returns for Lily. He asks her to marry him. She agrees, if he will settle down-for the first time in his life. Always lurking, though, is the question of Ian, off fighting the Great War. But when he returns, shell-shocked and wounded, Lily welcomes him into their home. Eyebrows are raised only silently at this unusual household, until one evening at the Grange Hall dance the three take a heady, impetuous waltz together-with practically the entire town watching.
Rich in detail and emotion, this unforgettable novel marks the debut of a singular storyteller who writes with extraordinary beauty, depth, and clarity.
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Meet the Author
Art Corrveau has an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan and has held fellowships at Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies. His stories have appeared in Story and American Short Fiction.
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BN recommended this book to me and it was a wonderful read. It's not very long, but it keeps your attention. Lily is a woman before her time. You can see the personalities of the characters come to life in the first chapter. I wish it didn't end.
Excellent writing. Engaging story. Many complex characters! Highly recommended!! Strong male and female characters. Loved it from beginning to end. Another great historical fiction book is The Partisan by Wiliam Jarvis. Both books deserve A++++
Although I whipped through this quickly I'm a little ambivalent about it. I was interested fairly early on and then it just sort of lost me. Maybe because I never really understood the full relationship between Lily, Oren, and Ian. And perhaps that's what the writer wanted--for us to come to our own conclusions but I needed just a little bit more clarification. I also felt the author's antagonist character, Hallie, was a little too one dimensional--a charicature, if you will.
If you haven't read this novel yet, you're missing a big treat. Everyone I've recommended it to has loved it -- it's filled with love and yearning, petty small town jealousy and characters you will never forget.
I couldn't put this book down. It was so mesmerizing and unusual, yet thoroughly believable. I found myself transported into the small town world of Lily Willard and fell in love with Oren and Ian Pritchard right along with her. I didn't want it to end. Art Corriveau is an enchanting and talented writer, and I can't wait for his next book.
I loved this book! Picked it up at the bookstore one day and simply couldn't put it down. The writing is gorgeous and the story so unusual and compelling. It really gets you thinking about the unconventional relationships of your life. Anyway, Art Corriveau is a breath of fresh air and I'm buying Housewrights for several of my friends for Christmas. I recommend it highly.
What a beautiful book. Corriveau paints a picture of three old souls, all born under a lucky star and all linked together by an invisible thread, whose bonds are seemingly unbreakable until the other people's trivial and petty human jealousies tear the three apart. Yet the supernatural forces that join them can only set the world right again. And Lily is a character for the ages whom all women will know and admire.
Great book! Definitely worth reading! Very believable.