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By (author) Marilynne Robinson

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  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Format: Hardback | 325 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 33mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 2 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0374299102
  • ISBN 13: 9780374299101
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Sales rank: 450,999

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

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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.

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Praise for "Gilead":  “"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"