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    DescriptionHundreds 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.


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    Title
    Home
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marilynne Robinson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 143 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 474 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844085491
    ISBN 10: 184408549X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    DC22: 813.54
    Libri: AMER3710
    BISAC V2.8: FIC025000, FIC045000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Virago Press Ltd
    Publication date
    25 September 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second novel, GILEAD, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction
    Review quote
    Her fiction attends with rapt attention to the "dear ordinary" breathing fresh air into the long-standing debates of American Protestantism Kasia Boddy, DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A quietly moving novel of faith and forgiveness. Amber Pearson, DAILY MAIL 'So finely wrought as to make the work of her more productive contemporaries seem tawdry by comparison ... The cadences of her prose have a resonant authority more like that of a great music rather than language. The effect is utterly haunting. The bad news is that is makes all other writing seem jejune for ages afterwards Jane Shilling, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH A luminous, profound and moving piece of writing. There is no contemporary American novelist whose work I would rather read Michael Arditti, INDEPENDENT
    Review text
    A companion volume to Robinson's luminous, Pulitzer-winning novel Gilead (2004).The focus here shifts from John Ames, Gilead's memorable protagonist, to his lifelong best friend Robert Boughton. A widowed, increasingly frail and distracted former Presbyterian minister, Boughton has eight children scattered across the country. The story unfolds after two of them come home to Gilead, Iowa: Glory, the unmarried youngest, who has resigned her teaching job so she can care for Robert; and ne'er-do-well Jack, who for 20 years has repeatedly broken his father's indulgent heart with his irresponsible, sometimes criminal behavior and - worse - his absence. "Why did he leave? Where had he gone? Those questions had hung in the air," Glory thinks, "while everyone tried to ignore them, had tried to act as if their own lives were of sufficient interest." Robinson builds subtle sequences of questions and answers, hesitant attempts at bonding and sorrowful revelations articulated among the three reunited Boughtons as they edge toward, then shy away from accusation and confrontation, feeling their way toward the possibility of forgiveness and healing. This is an inordinately quiet novel, and the patience with which even its most arresting effects are calculated and achieved requires an equal patience on the reader's part. There is, as there is in the life of every family, considerable repetition. It's necessary, as Robinson shows us the complexity and richness of Glory's stoical, though scarcely saintly resilience, of Jack's arduous progression toward genuine maturity, and of their father's seemingly naive, in fact almost visionary forbearance. The result is a compassionate envisioning of singularity and commonality reminiscent of the most soulful and moving work of Willa Cather, William Maxwell and James Agee.Comes astonishingly close to matching its amazing predecessor in beauty and power. (Kirkus Reviews)