Sunday, January 4, 2009

Book: "Home," by Marilynne Robinson

The time period of this book is concurrent with Robinson's previous novel, Gilead, and has many of the same characters. However, this book focuses on the Boughton family. Retired Presbyterian minister Robert Boughton is dying. His youngest daughter Glory returns home to care for him, having fled from a romance with a man who has borrowed significant sums of money from her and turns out to have been married. Shortly thereafter Jack Boughton, the prodigal son of the family also returns. Jack and Glory tentatively establish trust with each other. However, Robert Boughton, who wants to forgive Jack for his past shortcomings finds himself unable to do so. Jack, who does not share in his family's faith, tries but fails to reconcile with his father. Underlying all of this is the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, which unbeknownst to Robert Broughton, is relevant to the conflict within his family.

My rating: **** (out of 5)

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