House and home
Three new books focus, in fiction and fact, on the structures that shape our lives.
The Hundred-Year House (Viking) by Rebecca Makkai is a funny, engaging, time-traveling love story plus mystery plus family saga, all set on an estate that once housed a famous artists colony.
The Language of Houses: How Buildings Speak to Us (Delphinium Books) by Alison Lurie, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, is a nonfiction meditation on how the architecture of buildings, public and private, both affects and reflects the people who use them.
The Stager (Sarah Crichton Books) by Susan Coll is a sharply satirical novel about a couple trying desperately to sell their suburban Washington, D.C., mansion and the possibly sinister motives of the woman they hire to prep it for sale.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor