Friday, May 16, 2014

Home, by Marilynne Robinson

This books offers a different perspective on the characters and events from Gilead. The main protagonists are Glory and Jack, children of the Rev. Robert Boughton, baby and black sheep of the family, respectively. Glory has returned to Gilead to care for her aging and ailing father, and prodigal son, Jack, has come back at the same time, after a 20-year absence and silence.  Not much happens, except for a great deal of courtesy and expressions of appreciation. Amazon counts 39 "thank you's" but I think there were more.  Jack's relationships with Rev. Ames's wife and son seem pretty innocuous here and Rev. Ames's reactions more uncalled for.  A little tedious, with some very nice moments.

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