I feel like I’m going against the grain on this one, but I’m going to have to say I wasn’t that impressed with Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai. I went into it with high expectations, but overall felt it was unevenly written.
There was a lot about Hundred-Year House that should have made me love it. It’s about an English professor who moves into the coach house of her family estate, which used to be an artists’ colony. It should come as no surprise that dark family secrets come to light. For me, this sounds like a recipe for success.
But I just found the writing so uneven. The present day portions veered to the excruciating, especially when dealing with the relationship between the protagonist and her husband. The middle section, which focused on the period in which the estate was a artists’ colony were the most convincing. Her Makkai got character motivations and influences right, and the story was interesting rather than trite. The final section left little mark on me either way.
I hope my assessment doesn’t sound too harsh, as I know there are many of you out there who thoroughly enjoyed Hundred-Year House. Let me know if you liked it and I will leave a link to your review here.