Author(s): Marilynne Robinson
Following on from the magnificent Gilead, Home takes up the story of the wayward son Jack who, after decades away, edgily and uneasily, but finally, returns home. He is the prodigal son and his family believe against all evidence , that if they love him enough, if they welcome him back, he will change and he will stay. But of course, that is not how life really goes... Marilynne Robinson's understanding of the human heart, of how families operate, of how and why we continue to forgive and to hope, cuts right to the soul. She writes with wisdom, intelligence and generosity. She writes a masterpiece. "[Her novels] are shattering, as psychologically profound as they are morally serious" -- Brian Appleyard
Very good condition secondhand copy.
Winner of Orange Prize for Fiction 2009.
'Her fiction attends with rapt attention to the "dear ordinary" breathing fresh air into the long-standing debates of American Protestantism' Kasia Boddy, DAILY TELEGRAPH 'A quietly moving novel of faith and forgiveness.' Amber Pearson, DAILY MAIL 'So finely wrought as to make the work of her more productive contemporaries seem tawdry by comparison... The cadences of her prose have a resonant authority more like that of a great music rather than language. The effect is utterly haunting. The bad news is that is makes all other writing seem jejune for ages afterwards' Jane Shilling, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A luminous, profound and moving piece of writing. There is no contemporary American novelist whose work I would rather read' Micharl Arditti, INDEPENDENT 'This is certainly a novel about faith and love. However, it is also a meditation on doubt and fear... There is both a subtlety and a simplicity about her most powerful themes. She asserts the elusiveness of perfection, the foolishness of sever self-judgement and the unavoidable necessity of having to suffer in order to love... The beauty of HOME is that it does not offer the counterfeit currency of certainty but proffers the under-valued coin of hope. That is its glory, too' HERALD 'Compelling' OBSERVER 'One of the saddest books I have ever loved' Sarah Churchwell, GUARDIAN
Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her second novel, GILEAD, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction