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By Marilynne Robinson
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374299101, 325pp.)

Publication Date: September 2, 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the September 2008 Indie Next List
“Home is set at the same time and in the same Iowa town as Robinson's novel Gilead, but in a different household, where the children of a dying man return home to care for him and to face the demons of their shared past. Beautifully written, Home is a tender portrayal of families, their secrets, their loves, and their faith.”
-- Donna Hawley, Howard's Bookstore, Bloomington, IN
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Indie Next List Highlights 2008


Description

Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in "Gilead," Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. "Home "is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place concurrently in the same locale, this time in the household of Reverend Robert Boughton, Ames's closest friend.

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.

Jack is one of the great characters in recent literature. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold a job, he is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. Brilliant, lovable, and wayward, Jack forges an intense bond with Glory and engages painfully with Ames, his godfather and namesake.

"Home "is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith. It is Robinson's greatest work, an unforgettable embodiment of the deepest and most universal emotions.

"Home" is a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.




About the Author
Marilynne Robinson is the recipient of a 2012 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, for "her grace and intelligence in writing." She is the author of "Gilead", winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Home, winner of the Orange Prize and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel, "Housekeeping", won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Robinson's nonfiction books include "When I Was a Child I Read Books", "Absence of Mind, The Death of Adam", and "Mother Country", which was nominated for a National Book Award. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and lives in Iowa City.
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