“Home Marilynne Robinson
This is the story of the Reverend Broughton and his family, specifically the black sheep and prodigal son Jack and his younger sister Glory.
Home is a small place in the Iowa countryside called Gilead a small community where everyone knows everyone else and its hard to escape your past.
After the failure of her relationship Glory has returned home, only to find herself cast in the role of carer for her dying father the Reverend, all the Reverend wants from life is to see his favourite child Jack one last time before he dies.
Struggling with his life and alcohol Jack also returns to Gilead but will his coming cause more heartache than his 20 year absence.
Like the place it is set in the story is slow moving there is no real action as such the plot is moved along by the complex relationships between the family members, the ideaology they discuss and the questioning of whether or not it is possible to ever escape the sins of the past.
A very touching novel about family that reminded me in some ways of Absalom, Absalom I will now have to read Gilead to see the story from the other side.”