By Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004)
Fiction [Inspi Fic ROBIN]
Reviewed by: Angy
The protagonist, Rev. John Ames, has married a much younger woman, and he realizes that he will not see his son grow to maturity. This prompts him to write a long letter to his son, and this letter is the book Gilead. This letter covers a range of topics, from the Ames family history to how Rev. Ames came to marry his wife, day-to-day life, and the reappearance of a friend’s wayward son.
This book moves slowly; it is not a book that can be read quickly. I imagine that anyone trying to read this book in a hurry will be disappointed, but I gladly recommend this book to those who don’t mind taking a more contemplative pace through the novel. This book was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
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