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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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julieb43, September 23, 2010 (view all comments by julieb43)
Home is not really a sequel to Gilead, Robinson's earlier novel, but rather a companion piece. Whereas Gilead was told from the old preacher John Ames's perspective, Home focuses on Jack Boughton's story, primarily narrated by his sister Glory.

The beauty in writing two novels centering on the same basic storyline but with different narrators is that we get a fuller understanding of the main characters.

We come to view Jack, with whom Ames was at odds, in a whole new light in Home. Gilead focused on Ames and his struggle to accept Jack; but Home emphasizes Jack's struggles.

Both novels are infused with luminous writing. Gilead is styled as more of a memoir with Ames writing his remembrances to his young son for him to read once Ames is gone. Home is more character driven, focusing on family issues and relationships.

Jack Boughton is not the most likable character, but it's difficult to forget him and his struggles. I found myself gaining more compassion for his plight as the novel progressed.

His sister Glory is an interesting character too, and her struggle to come to terms with her wayward brother is also enlightening as well as heartbreaking.
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