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Twenty-four years after her first novel, "Housekeeping," Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations from the Civil War to the twentieth century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. Writing in the tradition of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, Marilynne Robinson's beautiful, spare, and spiritual prose allows "even the faithless reader to feel the possibility of transcendent order" ("Slate"). In the luminous and unforgettable voice of Congregationalist minister John Ames, Gilead reveals the human condition and the often unbearable beauty of an ordinary life. "Gilead "is the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Meet the Author
MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novels Housekeeping; Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and Home, and of three books of non-fiction, Mother Country, The Death of Adam and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. For more information, visit her Facebook page.
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I'll admit, it took me a few pages to warm to the memoir-style and the seemingly random collection of memories and stories. But the beautifully measured prose and moments of profundity and beauty drew me in. Though 'Gilead' is undoubtedly contemplative, it manages to never seem self-indulgent, revealing, rather, the beauty that is to be found in the ordinariness and simplicity of life, if one is willing to look. I'll have to read this again. Wonderful.
Writing so precise, one is left trembling at the beauty of it. Rich and deep; a classic for the generations.