In 1956, towards the end of Reverend John Ames's life, he begins a letter to his young son: 'I told you last night that I might be gone sometime . . . You reached up and put your fingers on my lips and gave me that look I never in my life saw on any other face besides your mother's. It's a kind of furious pride, very passionate and stern. I'm always a little surprised to find my eyebrows unsinged after I've suffered one of those looks. I will miss them.'

'A visionary work of dazzling originality' ROBERT MCCRUM, OBSERVER

'Writing of this quality, with an authority as unforced as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a sense almost of danger' JANE SHILLING, DAILY TELEGRAPH

'A beautiful novel: wise, tender and perfectly measured' SARAH WATERS

'A masterpiece' SUNDAY TIMES



ISBN: 9781844081486
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2 Feb 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.6(H) x 12.7(L) x 2(W)
Weight (gm): 230



'Gilead is a beautiful work - demanding, grave and lucid...Robinson s words have a spiritual force that s very rare in contemporary fiction - James Wood, New York Times Book Review

The wait since 1981 and Housekeeping is over. Robinson returns with a second novel that, however quiet in tone and however delicate of step, will do no less than tell the story of America - and break your heart - Kirkus Review

Robinson's prose is beautiful, shimmering and precise...Robinson truly succeeds in what is destined to become her second classic - Publishers Weekly

A psalm worthy of study, a sermon of the loveliest profundity... A literary miracle - Entertainment Weekly

Serenely beautiful...one feels touched with grace just to read it - Washington Post


Author Biography

Marilynne Robinson, author of Housekeeping, Gilead, Home, Lila and Jack, is the winner of the Hemingway PEN award, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Women's Prize for Fiction and has twice been nominated for the International Booker Prize. She has also published six volumes of essays. In 2012 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama and in 2016 she was given The Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction and was one of Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people. She lives in Iowa.
Gilead: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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