Housewrights by Art Corriveau

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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.
 

About Art Corriveau

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Art Corriveau holds an MFA in writing from the University of Michigan. His writing has received great reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and many others. Booklist praised How I Got a Life and a Dog, his first middle-grade novel, for its "vividly drawn" characters. He lives in Vermont.
 
Published June 25, 2002 by Penguin Books. 212 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But when the house is finished, the boys leave and Lily forgets them—until one day in 1917.

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Lily's vague misgivings about the match are compounded by Ian's return from WWI with a severe case of shell shock, and after Lily helps Ian recover and join her husband in his house-building business, she finds herself torn by her longings for her husband's twin.

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The impression she made on the twin brothers remains strong, and 10 years after he leaves Oren Pritchard arrives in the town with the purpose of making Lily his bride.

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Sycamore Reviews

I first read Housewrights a few years ago, and after that first reading I was so taken by the story that I promoted it as one of my choices for One Sycamore: Reading Together.

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