Series: Gilead Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 12 hours and 45 minutes
First Published: 2008
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Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead.
The Reverend Boughton’s hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past.
Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America’s most beloved and acclaimed authors.
Quotes from Home
It is possible to know the great truths without feeling the truth of them.
There’s so much to be grateful for, words are poor things.
You must forgive in order to understand. Until you forgive, you defend yourself against the possibility of understanding.
It seems as though the conclusions are never as interesting as the questions.
About Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson is the author whose works include the Gilead series (Gilead, Home, Lila, and Jack), Housekeeping, and What Are We Doing Here. Robinson is the recipient of the 2012 National Humanities Medal. She currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.