9780312428549

Home: A Novel

Robinson, Marilynne

ISBN 10: 0312428545 / 0-312-42854-5
ISBN 13: 9780312428549
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Softcover
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WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE 2009
A 2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE
A New York Times Bestseller A Washington Post Best Book of the Year A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

Hailed as "incandescent," "magnificent," and "a literary miracle" ( Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead. The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past. Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.


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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

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Book Description: Picador. 1 Paperback(s), 2008. soft. Book Condition: New. (Orange Prize Winner, National Book Award Finalist) Following her superb, Pulitzer Prize–winning Gilead, about the final days of the gentle and wise John Ames, this novel by Marilynne Robinson is another story, set in the same Iowa town, of another man. He is the prodigal son of the Reverend Robert Boughton, and is named for Robert's best friend John Ames. Boughton is dying, and his 38-year-old daughter Glory has come home to Gilead to care for him. Soon her brother Jack comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with his wayward past. Brilliant, lovable, yet perpetually at odds with everyone around him, Jack forges an intense bond with Glory and engages painfully with his godfather John."Nothing much happens in this wrenching book of lambent moral beauty, and yet everything important in life is at stake here: sin, forgiveness, revenge, fate, hope, disillusionment, lives 'laid low by grief, as if it were a sickness,' and the shimmering possibility of grace."—Minneapolis Star Tribune"Home begins simply, eschewing obvious verbal fineness, and slowly grows in luxury—its last 50 pages are magnificently moving, and richly pondered in the way of Gilead. Home is not a sequel to that novel but more like that novel's brother, since it takes place at the same narrative moment and dovetails with its happenings. What propels the book, and makes it ultimately so powerful, is the Reverend Boughton, precisely because he is not the soft-spoken sage that John Ames is in Gilead. He is a fierce, stern, vain old man, who wants to forgive his son and cannot. He preaches sweetness and light, and is gentle with Jack, like a chastened Lear ('Let me look at you for a minute,' he says), only to turn on him angrily. There are scenes of the most tender pain. Robinson, so theologically obsessed with transfiguration, can transfigure the most banal observation."—The New Yorker"Marilynne Robinson is so powerful a writer that she can reshape how we read; her novels are engineered to slow us down, attune us to silences, guide us toward suble but meaningful changes in phrasing."—Chicago Sun Times "[Gilead and Home] are books of such beauty and power that they ultimately beggar description. If I cannot do Home justice in describing it, I can, at least, commend it to you with my whole heart."—LATimes 336. Bookseller Inventory # 43735

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