Home

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Thorndike Press, 2008 - Fiction - 525 pages
139 Reviews
Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in "Gilead," Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. "Home "is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place concurrently in the same locale, this time in the household of Reverend Robert Boughton, Ames's closest friend. Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years--comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain. Jack is one of the great characters in recent literature. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold a job, he is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. Brilliant, lovable, and wayward, Jack forges an intense bond with Glory and engages painfully with Ames, his godfather and namesake. "Home "is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith. It is Robinson's greatest work, an unforgettable embodiment of the deepest and most universal emotions.

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A wonderful book simply for the prose. - LibraryThing
It seems to me that plot is actually Robinson's enemy. - LibraryThing
I find the writing in this book achingly beautiful. - LibraryThing
In short, a beautiful book by an outstanding writer. - LibraryThing
It's more of a character study than a plot-heavy book. - LibraryThing
Don't get me wrong -- Robinson is a very good writer. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - nnschiller - LibraryThing

I think this will need a second go-through to really distill what I think. I just got caught up in the gentle pull of its current the first time through. The protagonist (An elderly congregationalist ... Read full review

Review: Home (Gilead #2)

User Review  - Jo - Goodreads

The dynamic between a brother and a sister intrigued me. At this point, its a nice welcoming read . The dialogue is extremely well written . I did end up simply loving this book; it grew on me. Can't ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novels Housekeeping; Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and Home, and of three books of non-fiction, Mother Country, The Death of Adam and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. For more information, visit her Facebook page.

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