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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,734 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marilynne Robinson Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Gilead Series Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • One of the 2008 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rebekah Benson-Flannery | 2/18/2014

    " I had no idea what to expect from this book when I bought it on an impulse. It starts slow, but quickly enmeshes you in a nuanced and smart meditation on religious hypocrisy and religious practice in general, personal prejudice, what it means to be part of any family, and self-identification (among others). The action centers on a dysfunctional family that feigns functionality. The characters' actions and the primary storyline are punctuated occasionally at first, and persistently and refusing to be ignored by the end, by the tension of the racism so common in the mid-twentieth century. These moments of the bigoted reality of this time period call attention to people's use of fundamental building blocks of society--religion, close-knit community--to rationalize any type of belief or behavior. In Gilead, there is no black and white, but only shades of grey. This book makes me think and I think that quality is a must for a good read. It offers no easy answers and probably raises more questions in my mind than it answers. it does not pretend that every problem has a solution or that every question can be answered. Days after I have finished the book, I am still considering all the problems and ideas this book highlights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meg | 2/13/2014

    " Good, solid writing, but it took me forever to get through this. It's slow and quiet (maybe too much at times) with good characterization. The ending paid off and felt satisfying, although the father's turn for the worst felt too quick as though Robinson thought, "I have to wrap this sucker up, and soon." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sue Pelman | 2/13/2014

    " This is my kind of book. A slow, quiet, but dense read. I love authors like Marilynne Robinson and Anita Brookner who concentrate on ordinary people, the mundane as well as the inner turmoil. Place also plays an important role. This kind of book is not for everyone. I want to listen to an NPR interview with the author to hear her talk about the religious aspect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leif Erik | 2/10/2014

    " A third-person companion piece to "Gilead". The interplay between Jack and his sister Gloria is simultaneously heartbreaking and fascinating. "

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