Home (Orange Prize for Fiction Winner - 2009)
Hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled and delighted by the luminous, tender voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Now comes HOME, a deeply affecting novel that takes place in the same period and same Iowa town of Gilead. This is Jack's story. Jack - prodigal son of the Boughton family, godson and namesake of John Ames, gone twenty years - has come home looking for refuge and to try to make peace with a past littered with trouble and pain. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold down a job, Jack is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. His sister Glory has also returned to Gilead, fleeing her own mistakes, to care for their dying father. Brilliant, loveable, wayward, Jack forges an intense new bond with Glory and engages painfully with his father and his father's old friend John Ames.
Publisher,Virago Press Ltd.
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This book may make you cry, the desperate gaunt Jack who can’t find love, his sister who laments her inability to help him, and the father who cannot pull his one failure back into the fold. I underlined so many great passages. This is the second in a series and it makes me want to go back to the first to see what I missed. It’s the kind of story and writing that makes me love to read. There’s goodness and heartache and all the things we experience, and told artfully and, most importantly, honestly. There aren’t many books like this in the world. Highly recommended for those who seek high quality reading material.