In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition. Reverend Ames tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his best friend s wayward son. Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of our finest writers, a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part."
- 160 x 185.4 x 40.6mm | 340.2g
- 01 Jan 2005
"Robinson returns with a second novel that...will do no less than tell the story of America-- and break your heart.... [A] novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering."