Lila Synopsis

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.

Lila Press Reviews

'A masterpiece ... Lila is a superb creation.'

-Publishers Weekly

'One of the greatest living novelists ... [Lila is] just as wise, moving and genuine as its predecessors.'

-Harper's Bazaa

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ISBN: 9781844088805
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844088805
Publication date: 9th October 2014
Author: Marilynne Robinson
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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