Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Home by Marilyn Robinson

This is a great book to ‘live in’ for a while. The setting and characters were first seen in the companion and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ‘Gilead’.
The book asks the question, “What does it mean to come home?”

Both Glory and Jack come back to their father’s house after 20 or more years away. Glory comes home first to care for her dying father. Soon after, her brother, Jack, the family’s prodigal son, comes home looking for refuge and peace from his troubled past. After so many years apart, they slowly try to reconnect.

The story is told by their father, an aging minister, who patiently tries to understand and communicate with his son. This is the story of a wayward son coming home to his Gilead, the town where he grew up, and to his father and sister, as he tries to reconcile his past and future.

The story line is simpIe but there is a wonderful complexity in the characters and great beauty in the author’s language. I liked this book because the author talks of things that matter; mercy, grace, truth and wisdom.

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