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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

From the author of the magnificent, award-winning GILEAD comes a masterpiece novel that returns to the people and places of Gilead.

Hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled and delighted by the luminous, tender voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson s 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 Jack s 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 Boughton s 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 father s old friend John Ames.

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Praise for Home

  • brilliantly done and deeply moving - Sun-Herald

  • Robinson brings us closer to Jack and Glory, and to the flaws in their inheritance. As a result, it's a richer, more open and encompassing book than Gilead with devastating momentum and uncanny brilliance, the novel marches towards its powerful conclusion - The Age

  • Rich with the same humane, generous wisdom - Sydney Morning Herald

  • Home is rich, deep and wide, pretty much perfect for a perceptive reading group because it is so teasingly uncompromising in the way it lays out characters for us to examine without itself judging - Weekend Australian

  • The last few pages of Home are among the saddest I have read, and yet the most uplifting - Good Reading

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Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Women's Prize for Fiction and she has twice been nominated for the International Booker Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. She lives in Iowa.

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