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The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novelA New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for FictionNearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. In the words of Kirkus, it is a novel "as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering." Gilead tells the story of America and will break your more

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  • Paperback | 247 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • Picador USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 1st Picador ed
  • 031242440X
  • 9780312424404
  • 14,191

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At a moment in cultural history dominated by the shallow, the superficial, the quick fix, Marilynne Robinson is a miraculous anomaly: a writer who thoughtfully, carefully, and tenaciously explores some of the deepest questions confronting the human species. . . . Poignant, absorbing, lyrical...Robinson manages to convey the miracle of existence itself. Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times Book Review Incandescent . . . magnificent . . . [a] literary miracle. Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly (A) Rapturous . . . astonishing . . . Gilead is an inspired work from a writer whose sensibility seems steeped in holy fire. Lisa Shea, Elle Lyrical and meditative . . . potently contemplative. Michele Orecklin, Time Perfect. Jeremy Jackson, People(four stars) Major. Philip Connors, Newsday You must read this book. . . . Altogether unlike any other work of fiction, it has sprung forth more than twenty years after Housekeeping with what I can only call amazing grace. Anne Hulbert, Slate So serenely beautiful and written in a prose so gravely measured and thoughtful, that one feels touched with grace just to read it. Michael Dirda, The Washington Post There are passages here of such profound, hard-won wisdom and spiritual insight that they make your own life seem richer. . . . Gilead [is] a quiet, deep celebration of life that you must not miss. Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor Gilead is a refuge for readers longing for that increasingly rare work of fiction, one that explores big ideas while telling a good story. As John Ames might point out, it's a remarkable thing to consider. Olivia Boler, San Francisco Chronicle"show more

About Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the modern classic Housekeeping--winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award--and two books of nonfiction, Mother Country (FSG, 1989) and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' more

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