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Summary

Winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2009

Jack Boughton - prodigal son - has been gone 20 years. He returns home seeking refuge and to make peace with the past. 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, fleeing her own mistakes, to care for their dying father. A moving book about families, about love and death and faith, Home is unforgettable. It is a masterpiece.

©2008 Marilynne Robinson (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"One of the greatest living novelists." (Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times)

"A luminous, profound and moving piece of writing. There is no contemporary American novelist whose work I would rather read." (Michael Arditti, Independent)

"Her novels are replete with a sense of felt life, with a deep and abiding sympathy for her characters and a full understanding of their inner lives." (Colm Toibin) 

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Home by Marilynne Robinson

This is one of my favourite books but this is the worst possible voice to recount a story of such delicacy and nuance. It is rhetorical in the extreme. I found it agony!

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Brilliant storytelling

I've already read Gilead, the previous book in this series and that made my experience of this one much richer although on its own its a really rich book. A story of family life and the struggles and hardships endured even in a, loving home. Its an immensely sad portrait of a man who feels a failure despite the love of his family and especially the story of his relationships with his father and one of his sisters. Multi layered and compelling

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Almost great

Wonderfully written, gently developed but if only something a bit more substantial happened. It is one of a four- book series so perhaps it will be more satisfying when all are read. This is the second book and I think they could be read in any order. The narration is very slow and I had to speed it up by 40% to make it bearable.