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Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack, the prodigal son of the family, gone for twenty years, comes home too, looking for refuge and trying to make peace with a past littered with tormenting trouble and pain.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2008.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9781554681211
1554681219
Branch Call Number: FIC Robin af 33164003718199 f 30.00 fic 225522 cpy 1 aurora
FIC Robin af 33164003718207 f 30.00 fic 224824 cpy 1 aurora
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Characteristics: 325 p.

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nousernamepls
Dec 17, 2020

Book 2

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m_a_rodgers
May 05, 2020

This is the third book.

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merritr
Mar 23, 2020

This book takes place in 1956, in parallel to the events in Gilead, Robinson’s previous book for which she won a Pulitzer. Gilead, a small, rural town in Iowa getting smaller, is a shell of its former self, which may or may not mirror what is happening to the town’s two aging patriarchs. Reverends John Ames and Robert Boughton are nearing the end of their life in which they’ve been best friends and neighbors since childhood, and led churches for the past several decades. The two old men share much in common, but it seems their temperament is not one of them.

The black sheep of the Boughton family, Jack, returns home at the age of 43 after 20 years in exile from his family and from Gilead. The youngest of the eight Boughton children, Glory, has moved home in the past couple of years to care for her aging, feeble, widowed father. She has always had a special place in her heart for her older, no-good brother, Jack, and Jack had always felt Glory was the only one who ever came close to understanding Jack, or at least liking him. The relationship between Glory and Jack carries this book for me. Though steeped in the puritanical world of “old” Gilead (and current/always world of her father), Glory still has enough of a foot in Jack’s “worldly” universe to offer him love, companionship, solace, and hope. She alone among the Boughton brood has this unique ability partly from her upbringing, yes, but maybe because she’s been kicked in the teeth by life, as well.

The way Robinson crafted how Glory cared for her brother was deep and beautiful, and her and her brother Jack will stick with me for a long time. Old Boughton can take a hike, though.

4.25 of 5 Merritt Badges

Mazzarati Mar 20, 2020

How should I rate this? Hmmm, it’s really been testing my endurance. Beautifully written but studded with theological discussions and Bible Belt judgement. I like the characters and there is more going on now that I have only 10 pages or so left. Looks like it won’t be a happy ending by any stretch of the imagination though 😴

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verheyde
Mar 07, 2020

got to page 16. super boring book. why each sentence needs 50 words when 6 or so would suffice is beyond me. page filler

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vkreads
Jun 23, 2019

This book, Home, actually stands as the 2nd book of Marilynne Robinson's 3 title Gilead series.
Book 1, title of Gilead, pub yr 2004: book 2 of title Home, yr 2008, and Lila, book 3, yr 2014.

Her novel, Gilead, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Best Book in year 2005.

I had not read the first and second book in the series when I read Lila.

Robinson teaches at the famous University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has also published 9 theme based nonfiction titles.
Robinson has either been nominated for, or won, eleven recognitions by highly acclaimed prize granting organization, for her writing, thru yr 2016.

RogerDeBlanck Jul 27, 2018

Home is Robinson’s supplemental novel to Gilead, and it proves to be every bit as splendid as its predecessor with its heartrending characters, beautiful composition, and thought-provoking ideas. Robinson chooses to continue exploring one of the most interesting characters from Gilead. Jack Boughton is the wayward son of Pastor Robert Boughton, who is best friends with the central character in Gilead, John Ames. Jack’s presence in Gilead poses some of the major moral dilemmas in which that novel addresses: how does regret haunt us, and what degree of good constitutes vindication? How Jack deals with his burdens and what he chooses to do to overcome his past become the focal issues in Home.

It is the 1950s, and Jack has fathered a son with a black woman, but his attempts to provide for his family are dashed by his alcoholism. Having fallen out of graces with his wife and son, Jack returns to his childhood home in Iowa to attempt rectification of his past and to renew his relationship with his father, Pastor Boughton. In the meantime, Jack’s sister Glory, a product of broken emotions from her own failed marriage, has also returned home to tend to their ailing father. The bond that develops between brother and sister is memorable and heartbreaking. Robinson forges her way deep into the souls of these two siblings to tap the core of their feelings. Both their lives are filled with sadness and remorse, yet they are trying to work out redemption and salvation as a way to move forward and forgive.

Robinson is a virtuoso stylist and prose writer. Her work challenges readers to be patient and attentive. As with Gilead, Home should not be read too quickly. Any attempt to speed-read will leave you missing the astounding intensity of ideas in which Robinson packs into her narrative. Her sentences are nuggets of truth and understanding, essentially adding up to a grand philosophy on life. Her books are better when taken in small portions, 10-15 pages a day, in order to savor her beautiful language and the powerful story she weaves. One feels as though Robinson’s books, in addition to their profound character studies, are simultaneously reservoirs of wisdom and knowledge. Home stands on its own as a great book alongside its predecessor Gilead.

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bkaczor
Nov 25, 2016

Really slow moving. Tried to keep reading but could not make it past page 150. Did not enjoy at all.

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haileyj
Mar 12, 2016

I enjoyed Ms. Robinson's other novels and this one didn't disappoint. Her ability to completely describe a character so that you think you must know them too is incredible. The character of Jack is a perfect example of the contradictions that lie within each person. The many facets of his personality made him an interesting if somewhat unlikeable character. Only his sister Glory can finally understand him and let him go.

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joan47
Nov 13, 2015

No chapters, but a continuous read about Glory (40+) her brother Jack and their ailing aging father. They have both come home to take care of Rev Boughton who has always loved Jack but could never understand him. Poignant story about the difficulties of a private, lonely, uncommunicative, Presbyterian family. Many secrets, or untold stories are alluded to and occasionally revealed.

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vickiz
Dec 21, 2008

She went to the porch to watch him walk away down the road. He was too thin and his clothes were weary, weary. There was nothing of youth about him, only the transient vigor of a man acting on a decision he refused to reconsider or regret. No, there might have been some remnant of the old aplomb. Who would bother to be kind to him? A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their face. Ah, Jack.

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