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Gilead: A Novel



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Author
Robinson, Marilynne
Descriptors
Abandonment
Abolition
Aging
Biracial Relationships
Christian Life
Civil War
Clergy Life
Death and Dying
Epistolary Novels
Family History
Family Relationships
Fathers and Sons
Friendship
Literate Fiction
Loss
Love
Man-Woman Relationships
Memories
Ministry
Mothers and Sons
Small-town Life
Spirituality
Location/Setting:
Iowa
Kansas
Time Period:
1850s
1860s
1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s
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Summary
John Ames, a 77-year-old minister, writes letters to his six-year-old son for him to read long after Ames is gone. He knows he will never live to see him grow up, so he pours out his love and the wonder he feels in the blessings of his second wife and young son who came to him so late in life. As the letters progress, John expresses alarm when the wayward son of his best friend returns to Gilead and shows interest in his family. John knows the terrible mistakes Jack has made in the past. His desire to protect his family is fierce and yet his conscience calls him to forgiveness.
Critique
This is Robinson's first book in 24 years. It is wonderful and well worth the wait. Her writing is luminous and flows like poetry. John's spiritual journey is full of grace and wisdom. Highly recommend.
ISBN
0374153892
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# of Pages
247
Published
2004
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Reviewer's Initials: RW CO BRM


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