I am enjoying quietly reading…

Home

Marilynne Robinson is a gem of a writer and one of my favorite authors.

Home is the second book in her Gilead Trilogy (Gilead {winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction,} Home and Lila) that examines themes of community, faith, the complexity of family bonds, the way we live our lives given the choices before us, how we learn to love and what it means to call a place home—all through the lens of small town life.

Here you will find quiet, gentle observations written in language that will break your heart and also rebuild it.

It is as if you have been given permission to stand outside and peek in through a window and watch how people express their hopes and walk through their private fears.

 

You can certainly read this book in a cafe or on the bus to work,

But try reading it is a quiet space

To really appreciate it’s language,

And experience its deep stillness.

 

(You can read the three books of the series in any order. The characters overlap but the novels are not narratively sequential. I might still recommend starting with Gilead, where you are introduced to the character of Reverend Ames a linchpin for all three novels.)