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* From the author of the magnificent, award-winning GILEAD comes a masterpiece novel that returns to the people and places of Gilead. Wiinner of the ORANGE PRIZE

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Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, Lila and Jack, is the winner of the Hemingway PEN award, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Women's Prize for Fiction and has twice been nominated for the International Booker Prize. She has also published six volumes of essays. In 2012 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama and in 2016 she was given The Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction and was one of Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people. She lives in Iowa.


In this companion to her Pulitzerr Prize-winning novel, Gilead, Robinson focuses on the Rev. John Boughton and two of his eight children. While her skillful, nuanced writing brings new meaning to the prodigal son story, this title is better suited to print than audio, as the slow-moving plot and numerous theological discussions make listening difficult. Though the overall audio quality is excellent, actress/singer/narrator Maggi-Meg Reed (The Time Traveler's Wife) occasionally overemotes, especially in her portrayal of Boughton. Recommended with some reservation for large collections. [Audio clip available through us.macmillan.com; the Farrar hc, a "Hot Tickets" BookExpo America pick (LJ 7/08), received a starred review (LJ 8/08).-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

brilliantly done and deeply moving - Sun-Herald Robinson brings us closer to Jack and Glory, and to the flaws in their inheritance. As a result, it's a richer, more open and encompassing book than Gilead with devastating momentum and uncanny brilliance, the novel marches towards its powerful conclusion - The Age Rich with the same humane, generous wisdom - Sydney Morning Herald Home is rich, deep and wide, pretty much perfect for a perceptive reading group because it is so teasingly uncompromising in the way it lays out characters for us to examine without itself judging - Weekend Australian The last few pages of Home are among the saddest I have read, and yet the most uplifting - Good Reading

Robinson's third novel, and second returning to the Iowan home of ministers John Ames and Robert Boughton, is a conflict between the responsible father and his prodigal son. Robinson's style is old-fashioned, puzzling over timeless concerns like faith and responsibility. Maggi-Meg Reed is perfectly amenable, retreating into the audio attic and retrieving some of the creakier techniques: a singsong cadence, a hoarse Yankee assurance--a Walter Brennanesque tone--for the Reverend Boughton. That these work so well is testament to Reed, who offered an excellent reading of The Time Traveler's Wife. It is also a sign of the essential rightness of this particular reading for Robinson's novel. In writing of clergymen and faith, Robinson's prose is near-biblical; Reed's voice conveys a similar depth of feeling and simplicity of expression. A Farrar, Straus & Giroux hardcover (Reviews, June 30). (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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