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Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years--comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374299101
0374299102
Branch Call Number: Fiction Rob
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm

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bkaczor
Nov 25, 2016

Really slow moving. Tried to keep reading but could not make it past page 150. Did not enjoy at all.

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haileyj
Mar 12, 2016

I enjoyed Ms. Robinson's other novels and this one didn't disappoint. Her ability to completely describe a character so that you think you must know them too is incredible. The character of Jack is a perfect example of the contradictions that lie within each person. The many facets of his personality made him an interesting if somewhat unlikeable character. Only his sister Glory can finally understand him and let him go.

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joan47
Nov 13, 2015

No chapters, but a continuous read about Glory (40+) her brother Jack and their ailing aging father. They have both come home to take care of Rev Boughton who has always loved Jack but could never understand him. Poignant story about the difficulties of a private, lonely, uncommunicative, Presbyterian family. Many secrets, or untold stories are alluded to and occasionally revealed.

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 21, 2015

I loved this book almost more than its companion "Gilead," which I reread just before reading "Home." Shifting from John Ames to his best friend Rev. Boughton's children, the focus is on the return of Jack, his favorite, and his sister Glory, the family caregiver. The two men turn the parable of the Prodigal Son on its head. Boughton can't stop preaching in a nagging way, and Jack can't stop his secretive, evasive ways. I agree, the Nobel prize for literature is in order for Robinson, especially with "Lila" under her belt as well. Her gift with characters is incredible, her writing is smooth, her descriptions are clear. Do read the quotation--it gives just one example of the riches of her language. That she puts all this in the framework of mid 20th c. Iowa small town Christianity is rather beside the point. Robinson writes about the human condition better than about anybody I've ever read.

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jabehill14
Sep 30, 2015

Robinson is the master of characterization. Every nuance, insecurity, and layer of her characters intertwine into the perfect network of tension, misunderstanding, and irresolution which is incredibly convincing and utterly relatable. This book was somewhat of a counseling session for me. I'll be checking out Robinson's other works in the Gilead universe

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 08, 2014

I say let's just give her the Nobel Prize now. Robinson is clearly one of the best writers on the planet, writing with a concentration of power and grace that can leave you flabbergasted, coming as it does in such as quiet and unassuming package. No noisy scenes, no emotional rants--just true-to-life characters doing their best in a morally compromised world. Here she revisits Gilead, Iowa, shifting from the perspective of Rev. Ames to the children of his life-long friend, the Presbyterian Rev. Broughton. The shift in perspective lets us see the 1950s world of Gilead as a completely different universe.

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lizapierce
Oct 31, 2013

I love Marilynne Robinson so much. How is it that a story so simple as coming home is heart-wrenchingly captivating for more than 300 pages? Wrenchingly is not even a word. And how does she make it so that I feel I can relate to every character? I don't know. I just want her to keep writing.

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Ninjakid972
May 14, 2013

I'm dying to read this book it sounds so good!

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AndrewTerMarsch
May 12, 2013

I nearly didn't read this book. The first chapters didn't grab my attention but i"m so glad I persevered. It's a touching story about a family with a wayward adult son and how he tries to reconcile his life with his youngest sister and his aging father, a former Presbyterian minister. The "illumination" of the characters is sensitive, touching and painful. It's not a book about "action" but about the trials and tribulations of people trying to make sense of their lives.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

This book, with a prodigal son character, is about the question of what is "home". Although well-written, I could not get past the author's strong religious beliefs.

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vickiz
Dec 21, 2008

She went to the porch to watch him walk away down the road. He was too thin and his clothes were weary, weary. There was nothing of youth about him, only the transient vigor of a man acting on a decision he refused to reconsider or regret. No, there might have been some remnant of the old aplomb. Who would bother to be kind to him? A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their face. Ah, Jack.

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