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Home (Paperback)
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Paperback Published: 16/04/2009
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Hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled and delighted by the luminous, tender voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Now comes HOME, a deeply affecting novel that takes place in the same period and same Iowa town of Gilead. This is Jack's story. Jack - prodigal son of the Boughton family, godson and namesake of John Ames, gone twenty years - has come home looking for refuge and to try to make peace with a past littered with trouble and pain. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold down a job, Jack is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton's most beloved child. His sister Glory has also returned to Gilead, fleeing her own mistakes, to care for their dying father. Brilliant, loveable, wayward, Jack forges an intense new bond with Glory and engages painfully with his father and his father's old friend John Ames.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781844085507

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“Beautiful, sad novel”

I read Gilead before reading Home which, I think, gives a slightly different reading of the novel. The central theme of Home is the homecoming of two adult children, Glory and Jack, and gradually the reasons for their... More

21st October 2009
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“A very sad tale.”

I'm always put off by books that win awards, and this was no exception; I delayed reading it for as long as I could but finally caved in when an aunt insisted I read it.
Well, I did, and i still don't know... More


Home was a great disappointment. It has potential to be a sad reflection on family and their interactions together. However it seems to lack the degree of character development of any of the characters about whom the... More

25th July 2009
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