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Home: Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction

Marilynne Robinson

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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.


Jack Boughton - prodigal son - has been gone twenty years. He returns home seeking refuge and to make peace with the past. 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, fleeing her own mistakes, to care for their dying father. A moving book about families, about love and death and faith, Home is unforgettable. It is a masterpiece.

'One of the greatest living novelists' BRYAN APPLEYARD, SUNDAY TIMES

'A luminous, profound and moving piece of writing. There is no contemporary American novelist whose work I would rather read' MICHAEL ARDITTI, INDEPENDENT

'Her novels are replete with a sense of felt life, with a deep and abiding sympathy for her characters and a full understanding of their inner lives' COLM TOIBIN


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Praise for Home: Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction

  • Her fiction attends with rapt attention to the "dear ordinary" breathing fresh air into the long-standing debates of American Protestantism - Kasia Boddy, DAILY TELEGRAPH

  • 'A quietly moving novel of faith and forgiveness. - Amber Pearson, DAILY MAIL

  • '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

  • This is certainly a novel about faith and love. However, it is also a meditation on doubt and fear . . . There is both a subtlety and a simplicity about her most powerful themes. She asserts the elusiveness of perfection, the foolishness of sever self-ju - HERALD

  • Now let me be clear - I'm not saying that you're actually dead if you haven't read Marilynne Robinson, but I honestly couldn't say you're fully alive... One of the greatest living novelists - Sunday Times

  • Her novels are replete with a sense of felt life, with a deep and abiding sympathy for her characters and a full understanding of their inner lives - Colm Toibin

  • Marilynne Robinson has emerged as one of America's greatest contemporary novelists. Home reads like the obbligato beneath Gilead's descant: where Gilead is consoling, Home is almost frighteningly sad; where Gilead offers benediction, Home offers only valediction. Home is a book of sorrows, of disappointment, and of the fragile, improbable ways in which home, even when it is shadowed by failure and guilt, can offer hope . . . divine comfort is the foundation of Home, one of the saddest books I have ever loved - Guardian

  • The power and grace of Robinson's prose is as much in evidence in the new novel as in Gilead - Sunday Times

  • There are very few novels written by living novelists that I wish I had written myself and Marilynne Robinson has written two of them. The two novels, while perfectly capable of being read independently, form a diptych. The heart of this utterly absorbing, precisely observed, marvellous novel is the fumbling inadequacy of love, its inability to avert our terrible capacity to wound and maim, not even but especially, those nearest and dearest to us - Independent on Sunday

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Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the author of Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award; Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Jack, a New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, Housekeeping, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Robinson's non-fiction books include The Givenness of Things, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam, and Mother Country. She is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for 'her grace and intelligence in writing.' Robinson lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

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