In the House uponthe Dirt between theLake and the Woods
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n this epic, mythical debut novel, a newlywed couple escapes the busy conusion o theirhomeland or a distant and almost-uninhabited lakeshore. They plan to live there simply,to sh the lake, to trap the nearby woods, and build a house upon the dirt where they canraise a amily. But as their every pregnancy ails, the child-obsessed husband begins to rageat this new world: the song-spun objects somehow created by his wie’s beautiul singingvoice, the giant and sentient bear that rules the beasts o the woods, the second moonweighing down the abric o their starless sky, and the labyrinth o memory dug into theearth beneath their house.This novel, rom an exciting young writer, is a powerul exploration o the limits oparenthood and marriage—and o what happens when a marriage’s success is measuredsolely by the children it produces, or else the sorrow that marks their absence.
As the man and woman all urther into despair, the world around them refects theirstrie. Do you believe the changes to the world and creatures are literal or in the man’simagination? Why?
Rivalry or the woman’s attention estranges the oundling and the man until late in thebook, when the oundling does the man an invaluable service. Why do you believe thechild had this change o heart?
A pristine replica o the world above—with a ew terriying dierences—rests at thebottom o the labyrinth the woman creates. Why do you think the woman created thisrespite? What does it tell us about the world above?
Are the antastical elements o the book symbolic? Allegorical? Are they “real?”Does your response to these questions aect your reading o the book?
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