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Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009

Jack Broughton returns to his family home after twenty years away. The book tackles the subject of family relationships and how they affect our lives in the past, present and future – inescapable wherever we may run to. Strong characters and moving subject matter make this a mesmerising novel.

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Synopsis

Home by Marilynne Robinson

Hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled and delighted by the luminous, tender voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Now comes HOME, a deeply affecting novel that takes place in the same period and same Iowa town of Gilead. This is Jack’s story. Jack - prodigal son of the Boughton family, godson and namesake of John Ames, gone twenty years - has come home looking for refuge and to try to make peace with a past littered with trouble and pain. A bad boy from childhood, an alcoholic who cannot hold down a job, Jack is perpetually at odds with his surroundings and with his traditionalist father, though he remains Boughton’s most beloved child. His sister Glory has also returned to Gilead, fleeing her own mistakes, to care for their dying father. Brilliant, loveable, wayward, Jack forges an intense new bond with Glory and engages painfully with his father and his father’s old friend John Ames.

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So finely wrought as to make the work of her more productive contemporaries seem tawdry by comparison . . . The cadences of her prose have a resonant authority more like that of a great music rather than language. The effect is utterly haunting. The bad news is that is makes all other writing seem jejune for ages afterwards’ Jane Shilling, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

About the Author

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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Publication date

16th April 2009

Author

Marilynne Robinson

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Publisher

Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
352 pages

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781844085507

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