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 yearsyears that bring factories and wars, store-bought cheese an...more
It follows the women of a close knit community in the remote alpine village of Rosenau.
Their hopes, dreams, secrets and loves.
It opens with a letter addressed to Anna, but who is it really meant for as lots of women were named the same as a family tradition.
I found it to be a very moving book and one that I instantly want to re- read.
This will stay with me for a long time.
This novel is about the relationships between women in a remote Austrian village. It starts before WW1 and continues through the 1970s. The central theme is the women's lives and their relationships to each other, many of which were tied by family bonds: mothers, daughters, grandmothers, cousins, half-sisters and as the years pass great-great-grandchildren. As in any family there are the grumps, the beauties, the intellectuals and each is accepted for what they are. I, the reader, ...more
This is a lovely novel of connected stories that spans from the early 20th century to the late 1970s in a remote valley of western Austria. The women are strong and wistful and tragic and heartening. To me, it's full of beautiful truths.
A farmer's wife is as good as her cheese; her cheese can be no better than her rennet. Many other failings may stay hid throughout the years: she can feed unrisen bread to th ...more
FIRST OFF. WHAT I LIKED A LOT A LOT A LOT:
1. THE WRITING. It was so so so gorgeous and like wa now my writing is 0/10 because Rosina Lippi's word-crafting talent is 20/10. She wrote in a way that you could BE THERE and SMELL and TOUCH and JUST BE THE PERSON. Reading this book felt like diving into a beautiful, hardworking Austrian village and I want to go back.
2. THE CHARACTERS. I LOVE that most of the characters are in their 30+'s! Some ...more
Started out not liking it particularly, and seeing it very much as a loosely connected set of short stories about the lives of women in a remote, rural community over years. In the beginning I felt not very interested and slightly annoyed with the short pit stops through time, but by the middle I was hooked, and by the end, I was in love.
Touching, beautiful, rather a melancholy tome, but strangely captivating, this is a beautiful book. Make sure you keep reading ...more
I read this book because I really love the series of books this author wrote under her pen name. I enjoyed it. It was a little odd at first but each chapter is really a short story with a certain set of characters and a specific year. With each chapter we move forward and time and some of the characters reappear.
I loved the wonderful thread of generations of families from the mountains. And the lovely descriptions of the air, earth, water, smells and stories of ghosts that weren't ready to leave this wonderful homeland.
This beautiful book is like this quote from it. Deep, tender, affectionate. About being woman, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, being self.
There are twelve chapters. Each about different time and from different point of view (through the eyes of different women) ...more
ליפי פורשת במיומנות את סיפורן של תריסר נשים המתגוררות בשתי נחלות שברוזנאו. הספר מתחיל בתחילת המאה העשרים, ב- 1909, עם סיפורה של אנה ובמכתב מכותב מסתורי הממוען לאנה (רק שלא ברור לאיזו אנה) ומסתיים בשנות השבעים, ב- 1977, בסיפורה של לאורה.
סיפורים מרגשים, אמי ...more
The author writes what amounts to short stories about the lives of 12 different women in a small Austrian village, taking place in the years between 1909 and 1977. She writes about small town gossip and politics, food and social customs and styles of clothing for each of these eras. She also covers the Nazi o ...more
A lovely little book set in a tiny village in the Austrian alps and concentrating on the Homesteads there: passed from generation to generation since time immemorial. It follows three particular Homesteads and their families from just before WW1 through to the mid-1970s, singling out a women from each Homestead at a particular (usually significant) point in time and telling her tale. Quite touching in places and very interesting how the rest of the world seem ...more
It was not really like any other book I ...more
I have since purchased several copies of Homestead as gifts. I especially recall giving one to my mother for Mother's Day many years ago. It's the kind of book that really reaches out to women of any age. The female characters in this book are so well developed, so likable...so easy to feel ...more
Each of Lippi’s vingettes centers around a woman from the village–a snapshot of life in the village over a span of about 70 years, including the World Wars. In Rosenau, families are interrelated, and people are known by their connection to the land and to the people they come fr ...more
I felt the ways in which this village was touched by two world wars were poignant and not at all expected or formulaic. What was surprising was the way the author was able to use some ...more
There is muc ...more
A book about village women may sound dreary and boring but it wasn't. Rosina managed to make a life so different from the city life I lead interesting, full of complexities and details. The characters are all rounded and compelling and you end up caring and wanting to now more.
Besides the change of focus on characte ...more