Objects & Places from Housekeeping

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Fingerbone - This tiny town is shallowly rooted in its mountain setting. It sits on a lake that floods yearly and where blizzards and fires happen often, as do murders and fatal accidents.

The lake - This body of water is a strong, dangerous presence throughout the book. It always threatens to take back the town.

The railway bridge - This is where the train goes off track during a midnight crossing, killing all the passengers except two railway employees who are on the open back of the caboose.

Grandfather's house - This place is built by hand over several years. It is built on high ground.

Train - This brings Ruth and Lucille's grandfather to Fingerbone and give him the job that allowed him to prosper and build a house there.

School - Ruth and Lucille are outsiders here. They discover that, under Sylvie's care, they...

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