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The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winning novel
A New York Times Top-Ten Book of 2004
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
Nearly 25 years after Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson returns with an intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century: a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. In the words of Kirkus, it is a novel "as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering." GILEAD tells the story of America and will break your heart.
From Publishers Weekly
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I have been an avid reader for 50 years. Never have I finished a book, and immediately started over again until this book. The writing is so beautiful, so poetically simple, so lusciously written, I found myself sharing passages with my friends (another first for me). It is a beautiful, subtly written story of a truly self-examined life. I am an agnostic, so the fact that I could relate to and admire the main character in this book is another testament to this author's great talent.
Sometimes we have all felt alone in this world and a certain person shows up as an Angel of God to guide you. This book and its Author were that friend to me in that time. Those last 2 sentences I just wrote make reading this book to simple. Simple it is anything but. Profound to me in so many ways.... To the Author 'mutatis mutandis' thank you for my saving Grace in my spirit, heart, and mind. Your book was scripture in my essence and my God as he is known to me and a reminder of grace and thought. Thank you Marilynne Robinson
Stunningly true. A tour de force of entry into the heart of an early 20th Century Congressional preacher. Thank you, thank you; I am grateful.