The setting for this poignant novel is Rosenau, an isolated Austrian Village, and the story encompasses generations of villagers and their intimate lives. The magic of the novel lies in the author's ability to make the faraway seem familiar, even when it is tragic or brutal. Structured as short stories told from the viewpoints of different members of the village, the novel follows their intertwined lives from 1909 through 1977, layering story upon story to develop the village and the characters.
Lippi's characters are nothing short of wonderful. There is, for example, Johanna, whose heart is torn between her love for Francesco--a soldier hiding in the Austrian Alps--and her sister Angelika, who hides her dependence upon Johanna behind not-so-subtle reminders of familial duty. And there is Katharina, whose impulsiveness causes her to betray her two half-brothers for a ride in a Nazi motorcar, and Stante, who proves his worth not only in the Wainwright's workshop but also by his courage withstanding the Nazis. The character portrayals are based upon Lippi's own experiences living in Austria for four years. You'll hate for these stories to end. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In a series of interconnected vignettes spanning 1909^-77, Lippi breathes life into the village of Rosenau, an isolated dairy-farming community nestled in the Austrian Alps. Each chapter focuses on a segment of different women's lives, mainly: Anna, a young wife living in a household run by her mother-in-law, who receives a postcard from an outside man and sets the whole village talking; Johanna, a spinster living with her sister's family, who falls in love with an Italian deserter in her beloved alpine meadow and lives with the secret for the next 50 years; Angelika, Johanna's sister, who measures her own worth by the quality of the cheese she makes for her husband; and Katharina, who desperately wants to ride in one of the new automobiles of the Nazi soldiers. The simple lifestyle and Lippi's eloquent descriptions bring to life a world alien to the modern one yet brimming with emotions and events of universal understanding, evoking children's author Kate Seredy's Good Master and Singing Tree. An outstanding read. Melanie Duncan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
In "Homestead", Rosina Lippi writes a series of short stories dealing with women in the Austrian village of Rosenau. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2000 by Sophia
I have been enjoying the high marks other reviewers have given to Homestead. The enjoyed the book so much that I'd like to comment also. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2000
After reading Rosina Lippi's works written as Sara Donati ("Into the Wilderness" and "Dawn on a Distant Shore"), I was thrilled to find "Homestead". Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2000 by R. Harden
I was sad to get to the end of the book, I wanted more! I have been telling everyone I know, male and female to read this book. It is such an amazing piece of art.Published on April 13 2000
This book is a gem. I didn't know I could identify so completely with characters from another country, time, and way of life. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2000 by Christine L. Braun
I only happened upon Homestead after finishing (and really enjoying) Into the Wilderness. I was looking for the "Wilderness" sequel release date, and discovered it's... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2000 by JILL MAROTTA
The author is so brilliant in the way she writes that sometimes she tells a personal story of a character that allows you to draw the conclusions on your own; and, sometimes she... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 1999 by Diane Wischmann