KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE Author:Shirley Ann Grau Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, The Keepers of the Houseis Shirley Ann Grau’s masterwork, a many-layered indictment of racism and rage that is as terrifying as it is wise. — Entrenched on the same land since the early 1800s, the Howlands have, for seven generations, been pillars of their Southern community. Extraordinar... more »y family lore has been passed down to Abigail Howland, but not all of it. When shocking facts come to light about her late grandfather William’s relationship with Margaret Carmichael, a black housekeeper, the community is outraged, and quickly gathers to vent its fury on Abigail. Alone in the house the Howlands built, she is at once shaken by those who have betrayed her, and determined to punish the town that has persecuted her and her kin.
Morally intricate, graceful and suspenseful, The Keepers of the House has become a modern classic.« less
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, The Keepers of the House is Shirley Ann Graus masterwork, a many-layered indictment of racism and rage that is as terrifying as it is wise.
I had this book on my list to read merely because of the Pulitzer prize. I am so happy I read it! It is one of those books that develops character; builds the plot slowly and beautifully, then crashes with the crescendo of fear, anger, love and hope.
For people who do not remember the segregation issues of the past, this is a great example of how life was lived and felt in the past.