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Fashion Book: Gilead

2011 February 10

Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping is one of my favorite books of all time because the writing is absolutely stunningly beautiful. Gilead is her Pulitzer-Prize winning second novel, written more than a decade later (the two stories are not connected). Gilead is the story of a preacher in Gilead, Iowa in the early part of the century as he grapples with aging and mortality. I didn’t love this book the same way that I loved Housekeeping, but the writing is still beautiful, and I loved the narrator. The action is a little slow-going at first, but it picks up in the second half, and I felt that reading this book was ultimately a rewarding experience.

For this Fashion Book, I thought I would do something a little different. The narrator’s wife is a simple woman in a small town in the 1950s–she was not one to dress provocatively, or even stylishly, but I thought it would be interesting to search out some vintage pieces that I thought she might have worn.

Giving Thanks Dress: Sally Jane Vintage, $36

Vintage T-Strap Heels: $30

Vintage Snakeskin Handbag: Atticville, $32

What are some of your favorite sources for quality vintage clothing?

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  1. Rachel permalink
    February 10, 2011

    Housekeeping is my favorite book too!

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