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In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowan preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He “preached men into the Civil War,” then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father—an ardent pacifist—and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend’s wayward son.

This is also the tale of another remarkable vision—not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forged in Ames’s soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten.

Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of our finest writers, a hymn of praise and lamentation to the God-haunted existence that Reverend Ames loves passionately, and from which he will soon part.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Robinson’s prose is lovely and wonderfully precise…Gilead is a gentle journey that will be even better the second time you read it.”


  • “There is a lot of pleasure to be had in the novel’s probing, thoughtful narrative voice.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Magnificent…A psalm worthy of study, a sermon of the loveliest profundity…[A] literary miracle.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Gilead is a beautiful work—demanding, grave, and lucid…Robinson’s words have a spiritual force that’s very rare in contemporary fiction.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An inspired work from a writer whose sensibility seems steeped in holy fire.”


  • “The long wait has been worth it…Robinson’s prose is beautiful, shimmering, and precise…Destined to become her second classic.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Robinson returns with a second novel that, however quiet in tone and however delicate of step, will do no less than tell the story of America—and break your heart…Robinson has composed, with its cascading perfections of symbols, a novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2005 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2005 Ambassador Book Award for Fiction
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction, 2004
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2004 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2004 Time Magazine Top 10 Book
  • A 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction
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