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    DescriptionHundreds 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. "Home" is a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.


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    Title
    Home
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marilynne Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 325
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374299101
    ISBN 10: 0374299102
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    LC classification: PS3568.O3125 H58 2008
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    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.4.3.0.0
    Edition statement
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    Publisher
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    02 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Marilynne Robinson is the author of "Gilead," winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and "Housekeeping," winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. "Home" received the Orange Prize, the L.A. Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include "Absence of Mind," "The Death of Adam," and "Mother Country," which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.
    Review quote
    ""Gilead "is a beautiful work--demanding, grave and lucid . . . Robinson's words have a spiritual force that's very rare in contemporary fiction." --James Wood, "The New York Times Book Review""" "There is almost no first-rate American fiction about what happens in a household where religion is the family business, but if you ever wondered what it's like to be a preacher's kid, you can't do better than "Home." Robinson's greatest achievement is that she manages to introduce the notions of belief and religious mystery without ever seeming vague. She never shies from uncomfortable truths. When Jack asks Glory why she hates Gilead and wants to leave, she says, "Because it reminds me of when I was happy." Fixing dinner, she "wished that it mattered more that [she and her father and brother] loved one another. Or mattered less, since guilt and disappointment seemed to batten on love. Her father and brother were both laid low by grief, as if it were a sickness, and she had nothing better to offer them than chicken and dumplings." This is a novel that builds its truth out of quotidian detail--the way Jack thumbs the felt on his hat brim, the way Glory thinks in Bible verses: watching Jack leave at the end of the book, she thinks, "A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their face. Ah, Jack." This is book full of sadness, but the greatest sadness on the reader's part is that it has to end."--"Newsweek""" "One of "Home's" pleasures is watching Glory and Jack rediscover each other after years of separation and misunderstanding. Each possesses a wry, almost mordant sense of humor; for such a serious writer, Robinson can be very funny. Through hardship and humor, these two siblings find in one another an empathy unique to those in the same gene pool, shouldering a similar burden of parental expectations."--"Seattle Times""" """In both "Home" and "Gilead," Robinson appears to be considering (among myriad themes and issues) the ravaging, irremed