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A novel that enthralled America and garnered the Pulitzer Prize, Gilead transported readers to a small Iowa town at the cultural crossroads of the 1950s. Returning once again to that singular time and place, Marilynne Robinson has crafted a wholly independent, deeply affecting novel taking place in the household of the Reverend Robert Boughton, whose closest friend John Ames narrated Gilead in a voice that was at once tender and luminous.

Home begins as Glory Boughton returns to Gilead at the age of thirty-eight to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack, the family's prodigal son, joins her after twenty years away. Named for John Ames, his godfather, Jack struggles to make peace with his past, marked by alcoholism and failed attempts at conventional living. Yet he is his father's most beloved child. In what may be their final reunion, Jack and Robert struggle to understand their difficult relationship, while Glory attempts to come to terms with the lost promises of her youth.

A moving and healing book, Home inspires thoughtful conversation about families, honesty, and the passing of generations.

by Marilynne Robinson

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2009
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN-10: 0312428545
  • ISBN-13: 9780312428549