The moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of tragedy. An unforgettable epic shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and named a best book of the year by the New York Times. In January 1944, Grace Anderson, Lena Maki, and Lena’s mother, Violet, have joined the growing ranks of women working for the war effort. She lives in Minnesota. Search String: Ellen Baker grew up in Wisconsin, Illinois, and South Dakota. 1 talking about this. She lives in Minnesota. Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Authors similar to Ellen Baker Ellen Baker. 7 Simple Ways To Choose Love Over Fear During Coronavirus, 4 Simple Gratitude Practices To Help You Cope In These Difficult Times. Ellen Baker's first novel, KEEPING THE HOUSE, won the 2008 Great Lakes Book Award; her second novel, I GAVE MY HEART TO KNOW THIS, was a Heartland Indie Bestseller. June 8th 2016 - Duration: 56 minutes. (chapter header quote from Popular Home Decorations, 1940)', 'Flying lessons? As one is pushed to the brink of madness, the others are forced into choices they couldn’t have imagined – and their lives, and their friendships, will never be the same. Listless from her own recent tragedy, Julia begins to uncover the dark secrets that shattered her family, learning that redemption – and love – can be found in the most unexpected places. BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Just $12 for 3 months or She has worked as a costumed living history interpreter, a curator of a World War II museum, and as a bookseller and event coordinator at an independent bookstore. Ellen Baker grew up in Wisconsin, Illinois, and South Dakota. This biography was last updated on 08/02/2011. It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. "Ellen Baker has written the novel I've been waiting to read for a very long time. Ellen Baker USA. A new novel from the NY Times bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Information at is published with the permission of the copyright holder or their agent. Author Snapshot. Article Ellen; News & Events; BOOK CLUBS ; Contact; Order From:: IndieBound :: Random House:: Amazon :: Barnes & Noble I GAVE MY HEART TO KNOW THIS. Spam Free: Your email is never shared with anyone; opt out any time. 65 followers. Beauty and graciousness, joy of living, being used in every part, these are the things that make a house a home. Full access is for members only. All rights reserved. 427 reviews Set in the conformist 1950s and reaching back to span two world wars, Ellen Baker’ s superb novel is the story of a newlywed who falls in love with a grand abandoned house and begins to unravel dark secrets woven through the generations of a family. When shattering news arrives from the front, the lives of all three women are pitched into turmoil. A home, with a life that centers only on food and sleep, is not really a home, it's a house. Though they find satisfaction in their work in a Wisconsin shipyard, it isn’t enough to distract them from the anxieties of wartime, or their fears for the men they love: Lena’s twin brother, Derrick, and Grace’s high school sweetheart, Alex. In KEEPING THE HOUSE Ellen Baker serves up the complexities of family relationships, the anguish of victims of wars, the innermost thoughts of women, and the social mores of the past. So, please help us - if the information about this author is out of date or inaccurate, and you know of a more complete source, please let us know.