Picador, 2015 (2014)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Bob Walch
uch praised when it was first released and subsequently awarded the National Book Critics Circle prize, this memorable novel is now available as a less expensive trade paperback.
uthor Marilynne Robinson returns to Gilead, the setting of her Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, as she recounts the story of a homeless young woman who, after years of being alone, finds solace as the wife of a minister.
ila was neglected as a toddler but rescued by a drifter named Doll, who brought the child up in less than desirable circumstances. The pair lived life on the run and their marginal existence was punctuated by intense moments of violence and desperation as well as fleeting moments of happiness.
ow after years of a homeless existence, Lila meets John Ames, the minister of a church in Gilead, Iowa, and the two fall in love and marry. The challenge now is reconciling her past existence with this new, small town existence and the judgmental worldview of her husband.
he list of publications that named
Best Book of the Year
is a lengthy one that ranges from
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
Christian Science Monitor
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