The Hundred-Year House

The Hundred-Year House

Title:The Hundred-Year House
ISBN:9780525426684
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:338 pages

Meet the Devohrs: Zee, a Marxist literary scholar who detests her parents’ wealth but nevertheless finds herself living in their carriage house; Gracie, her mother, who claims she can tell your lot in life by looking at your teeth; and Bruce, her step-father, stockpiling supplies for the Y2K apocalypse and perpetually late for his tee time. Then there’s Violet Devohr, Zee’s great-grandmother, who they say took her own life somewhere in the vast house, and whose massive oil portrait still hangs in the dining room.

The Hundred-Year House unfolds a generational saga in reverse, leading the reader back in time on a literary scavenger hunt as we seek to uncover the truth about these strange people and this mysterious house. With intelligence and humor, a daring narrative approach, and a lovingly satirical voice, Rebecca Makkai has crafted an unforgettable novel about family, fate and the incredible surprises life can offer.


    The Hundred-Year House Reviews

  • Carmen

    Zee wondered, in brief amazement, if it had all been true, if she'd simply set things in motion. But no, this was her own creation, her own monster. She had willed this into being.I grudgingly have to...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez

    A good book from a clever writer which suffers from a sluggish last act and a rigidly conceived format. Her characters are believable if occasionally detestable, her comedic tone is consistently on wi...

  • Diane

    What a delightful novel this was! The story starts in 1999 at an American mansion, with a struggling writer, Doug, and his wife, Zee, who are staying in the carriage house. Doug is interested in an ar...

  • Vanessa LaFerriere

    I was very excited to receive an advanced galley of this book. The early reviews called it "dazzling" and the premise sounded intriguing. Indeed, it was creative, unique, and well structured, but I fe...

  • Rebecca

    (4.5) In a brilliant postmodern take on two classic genres, the country house novel and the ghost story, Makkai traces – backwards – the story of a Chicago-area house, once an artists’ colony, t...

  • Margitte

    My dearest Laurelfield,Your tale started out as a short story about male anorexia. The author have no idea what the hell happened next, and neither do I, sorry to say ! The first woman, Violet Saville...

  • Blair

    Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.The 'hundred year house' is Laurelfield, a grand, English-style manor house built in Illinois for the Devohrs, a family of eccentric, upper-class Canad...

  • switterbug (Betsey)

    Rod Stewart once sang, “The first cut is the deepest,” and although Makkai doesn’t channel Rod Stewart in her intrepid, ambitious, darkly witty and astringent second book, that line has been emb...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5 This was a very slow starter for me, but there was just enough intrigue and strange occurrences happening to keep one reading. The book starts in the present, in 1999 just before the supposed Y2K....

  • Kristin

    I received an arc copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. This was my first GR Giveaway win and I had read a lot of great reviews so I was super excited to read it. Let’s ...