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Gilead novels volume 2.
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

  • OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK
  • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
  • A NEW YORK TIMESE NOTABLE BOOK
  • WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

    A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • A LOS ANGELES TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
    "[Robinson's] prose is our flight out, a keen instrument of vision and transcendence." —O, the Oprah Magazine
    Hailed as "incandescent," "magnificent," and "a literary miracle" (Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead.

    A luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.
    The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past.
    Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.

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        • bioText: Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home (2008), winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Lila (2014), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Jack (2020), a New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1980), won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include The Givenness of Things (2015), When I Was a Child I Read Books (2012), Absence of Mind (2010), The Death of Adam (1998), and Mother Country (1989). She is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." Robinson lives in California
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    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

  • OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK
  • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
  • A NEW YORK TIMESE NOTABLE BOOK
  • WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

    A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • A LOS ANGELES TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
    "[Robinson's] prose is our flight out, a keen instrument of vision and transcendence." —O, the Oprah Magazine
    Hailed as "incandescent," "magnificent," and "a literary miracle" (Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead.

    A luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.
    The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past.
    Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.

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        • source: Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books
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          "Remarkable . . . an even stronger accomplishment than Gilead."

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        • source: Megan O'Grady, Vogue
        • content: "An exquisite, often ruefully funny meditation on redemption."
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        • source: A. O. Scott, The New York Times Book Review
        • content: "An anguished pastoral, a tableau of decency and compassion that is also an angry and devastating indictment of moral cowardice and unrepentant, unacknowledged sin. . . . . Beautiful."
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        • source: Emily Barton, Los Angeles Times
        • content: "Rich and resonant . . . Gilead and Home fit with and around each other perfectly, each complete on its own, yet enriching and enlivening the other. But both are books of such beauty and power."
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        • source: Mark Athitakis, Chicago Sun-Times
        • content: "Marilynne Robinson is so powerful a writer that she can reshape how we read."
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        • source: James Wood, The New Yorker
        • content: "Home begins simply, eschewing obvious verbal fineness, and slowly grows in luxury--its last fifty pages are magnificently moving. . . . Powerful."
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        • source: Pat MacEnulty, Charlotte Observer

        • content: "When Marilynne Robinson writes a new book, it's an event."
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        • source: Publisher's Weekly
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          Starred review from June 30, 2008
          Robinson's beautiful new novel, a companion piece to her Pulitzer Prize–winning Gilead
          , is an elegant variation on the parable of the prodigal son's return. The son is Jack Boughton, one of the eight children of Robert Boughton, the former Gilead, Iowa, pastor, who now, in 1957, is a widowed and dying man. Jack returns home shortly after his sister, 38-year-old Glory, moves in to nurse their father, and it is through Glory's eyes that we see Jack's drama unfold. When Glory last laid eyes on Jack, she was 16, and he was leaving Gilead with a reputation as a thief and a scoundrel, having just gotten an underage girl pregnant. By his account, he'd since lived as a vagrant, drunk and jailbird until he fell in with a woman named Della in St. Louis. By degrees, Jack and Glory bond while taking care of their father, but when Jack's letters to Della are returned unopened, Glory has to deal with Jack's relapse into bad habits and the effect it has on their father. In giving an ancient drama of grace and perdition such a strong domestic setup, Robinson stakes a fierce claim to a divine recognition behind the rituals of home.

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          Starred review from August 15, 2008
          This follow-up to Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gilead" (2004) is a concurrent narrative rather than a sequel, as if the earlier novel's journal entries had concluded with "Meanwhile]." The plot here concerns the large family of elderly Rev. Robert Broughton, specifically two of his adult children, who have returned to Iowa temporarily. Youngest sister Glory keeps house for her dying father, but her efforts are eclipsed by the reappearance of bad-boy favorite child Jack Ames Broughton two decades after a scandalous departure. Pain-filled and mysterious, Jack reengages uncomfortably with relations and neighbors, forcing them to confront perhaps unbearable truths about themselves and society. In Robinson's characteristically calm, measured language, the author creates three-dimensional characters that move believably within beautifully realized physical and psychological space as they confront (and challenge the reader with) deeply serious questions of faith, moral responsibility, and the racial divide in America. Fans of "Gilead" will be grateful for this expansion of the storyand for its closing hint of a possible return to the extended Ames/Boughton families, whose two small sons will carry their complicated heritage into the cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Highly recommended for all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, "LJ" 5/1/08.]Starr E. Smith, Fairfax Cty. PL, VA

          Copyright 2008 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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          June 1, 2008
          RobinsonsGilead (2004), a contemplative novelin the voice ofseptuagenarian Reverend John Ames, enthralledreaders andearned a Pulitzer Prize. A poetic and philosophical writer concerned about the state of the earth and our collective souls, Robinson returns to mid-1950s Gilead, Iowa, to tell a different facet of the same story. Johns best friend, the Reverend Boughton, is in decline. Glory, the youngest of his eight children, has come home to care for him, and both are grateful and alarmedwhen Jack, the prodigal son, reappears after an excruciating 20-year absence. Once a charming scoundrel, Jack is now riddled with regrets and despair. As she cares for two broken men struggling toward reconciliation and redemption, Glory is a paragon of patience, a virtue readers also must cultivate as Robinson follows an austerenarrative regime, confining the reader to the day-by-day present and the Boughton home. Household chores areinfused with metaphysical implications, while what is not said carries more weight than what is spoken. Robinson wrestles with moral dilemmas ordinary and catastrophic, and ponders themystery of why human beings never feel wholly at home on earth. This is a rigorous, sometimes claustrophobic, yet powerfullyspiritual novel ofanguish and prayer, wisdom and beauty, penance andhope.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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          Starred review from November 24, 2008
          Robinson's third novel, and second returning to the Iowan home of ministers John Ames and Robert Boughton, is a conflict between the responsible father and his prodigal son. Robinson's style is old-fashioned, puzzling over timeless concerns like faith and responsibility. Maggi-Meg Reed is perfectly amenable, retreating into the audio attic and retrieving some of the creakier techniques: a singsong cadence, a hoarse Yankee assurance—a Walter Brennanesque tone—for the Reverend Boughton. That these work so well is testament to Reed, who offered an excellent reading of The Time Traveler's Wife
          . It is also a sign of the essential rightness of this particular reading for Robinson's novel. In writing of clergymen and faith, Robinson's prose is near-biblical; Reed's voice conveys a similar depth of feeling and simplicity of expression. A Farrar, Straus & Giroux hardcover (Reviews, June 30).

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  • OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK
  • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
  • A NEW YORK TIMESE NOTABLE BOOK
  • WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE

    A WASHINGTON POST BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • A LOS ANGELES TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
  • A SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
    "[Robinson's] prose is our flight out, a keen instrument of vision and transcendence." —O, the Oprah Magazine
    Hailed as "incandescent," "magnificent," and "a literary miracle" (Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead.

    A luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one...
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