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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: "What does it mean to come home?" In one way or another, every character in Home is searching for that answer. Glory Boughton, now 38 and lovelorn, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Her wayward brother Jack also finds his way back, though his is an uneasy homecoming, reverberating with the scandal that drove him away twenty years earlier. Glory and Jack unravel their stories slowly, speaking to each other more in movements than in words--a careful glance here, a chair pulled out from the table there--against a domestic backdrop so richly imagined you may be fooled into believing their house is your own. Meanwhile, their father, whose ebullient love for his children is a welcome counterpoint to Glory and Jack's conflicted emotions, experiences his own kind of reckoning as he yearns to understand his troubled son. There is a simplicity to this story that belies the complexity of its characters--they are bound together by a profound capacity for love and by an equally powerful sense of private conviction that tries the ties that bind, but never breaks them. It's a delicate sort of tension that you think would resist exposition--and in fact these characters seem to want nothing more than, as Glory says, to treat "one another's deceptions like truth"--but Marilynne Robinson's fine, tender prose imbues this family's secrets with an overwhelming grace. --Anne Bartholomew
Starred Review. Robinson's beautiful new novel, a companion piece to her Pulitzer Prize–winning Gilead, is an elegant variation on the parable of the prodigal son's return. The son is Jack Boughton, one of the eight children of Robert Boughton, the former Gilead, Iowa, pastor, who now, in 1957, is a widowed and dying man. Jack returns home shortly after his sister, 38-year-old Glory, moves in to nurse their father, and it is through Glory's eyes that we see Jack's drama unfold. When Glory last laid eyes on Jack, she was 16, and he was leaving Gilead with a reputation as a thief and a scoundrel, having just gotten an underage girl pregnant. By his account, he'd since lived as a vagrant, drunk and jailbird until he fell in with a woman named Della in St. Louis. By degrees, Jack and Glory bond while taking care of their father, but when Jack's letters to Della are returned unopened, Glory has to deal with Jack's relapse into bad habits and the effect it has on their father. In giving an ancient drama of grace and perdition such a strong domestic setup, Robinson stakes a fierce claim to a divine recognition behind the rituals of home. (Sept.)
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Not as absorbing after reading "Gilead" but so well written!Published 7 days ago by Marilyn M. DeMars
I enjoyed this whole trilogy but found too much typical religious details. This book revealed so much about a guilt ridden boy, who knows his minister father loves him, but he... Read morePublished 8 days ago by P.Rockett
Once again Marilynne Robinson has written a beautiful, tender and thought-provoking novel. If you have ever visited home as an adult and felt simultaneously comforted and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Did not grab me. The story dragged for me when it was discussing theology and Bible meaning questions.Published 15 days ago by Marywave D.
Loved this book. Well written. Captivating story. Kept me in it until the end. Worth your time! Filled with wisdom.Published 26 days ago by Pastor Timothy Evans
Great writing, the language is rich yet simple. This is one of those book that, regardless of who you are, of the fact that it takes place years ago, will mirror some bits of your... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Cyril Malondra
Brilliant. I read the novel while backpacking in the Eastern Sierra and the moments spent reading added to the reflective, meditative experience of my week away from the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey C. Scharfen
I'm sorry, but I did not enjoy this book at all. The whole time I was waiting for things to happen, but the majority of the book was just characters talking to each other, not... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica