Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place concurrently in the same locale, this time in the household of Reverend Robert Boughton, Ames's closest friend.
Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years--comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.
Jack is one of the great characters in recent literature. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold a job, he is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. Brilliant, lovable, and wayward, Jack forges an intense bond with Glory and engages painfully with Ames, his godfather and namesake.
Home is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith. It is Robinson's greatest work, an unforgettable embodiment of the deepest and most universal emotions.
Home is a 2008 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
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In Home, which is told in the third person but from a Boughton perspective, we see Ames as an angrier, less charitable man, and we know that Jack is actually nervous of him and desperate for his approval.Oct 05 2008 | Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
The prodigal son Jack, "a child who didn't feel at home in the house where he was born", and is both sinned against and sinning, has returned after two decades, unable to mention the baby girl he abandoned and who died in his absence.Jun 05 2009 | Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
Home is less epic in its intentions, and thus rather less intellectually ambitious, and less profound, than Gilead: what gave Jack's story such resonance in the first novel was its contrapuntal relationship to Ames's story of America's embattled racial history.Oct 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
the small events of the narrative - neighbourly visits, church attendance, small excursions into the countryside around Gilead, the house and garden tended, the ailing person of Robert Boughton comforted, the contemplation of their shared and individual pasts by the actors in the narrative - echo...Sep 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
small group of characters living in a small town - Gilead, Iowa - during a .Sep 28 2008 | Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
Mark Athitakis Washington Post 3.5 of 5 Stars "The publisher claims these two novels can be read separately, but that’s not fair to the profound relationship between them nor, I think, to the way Home depends on its predecessor for detail and resonance.Sep 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
In her aptly titled Home (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Jack Boughton, the prodigal son of an aging paterfamilias, returns after 20 years to live with his sister Glory and their dying father.| Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
And if the child becomes a man who has no respect for himself, it's just destroyed till you can hardly remember what it was ' " In such intense scenes Robinson nails down the pain and the anguish in father and son clashes.| Read Full Review of Home: A Novel
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