by Marilynne Robinson - £8.99 Little, Brown Book Group (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781844085507 | ISBN 10: 1844085503
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009.
Hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled and delighted by the luminous, tender voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinsonís 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 Jackís 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 Boughtonís 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 fatherís old friend John Ames.
"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)
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