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Marilynne Robinson

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WINNER OF THE ORANGE PRIZE 2009
A 2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE
A New York Times Bestseller
A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year
A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

Hailed as "incandescent," "magnificent," and "a literary miracle" (Entertainment Weekly), hundreds of thousands of readers were enthralled by Marilynne Robinson's Gilead. Now Robinson returns with a brilliantly imagined retelling of the prodigal son parable, set at the same moment and in the same Iowa town as Gilead. The Reverend Boughton's hell-raising son, Jack, has come home after twenty years away. Artful and devious in his youth, now an alcoholic carrying two decades worth of secrets, he is perpetually at odds with his traditionalist father, though he remains his most beloved child. As Jack tries to make peace with his father, he begins to forge an intense bond with his sister Glory, herself returning home with a broken heart and turbulent past. Home is a luminous and healing book about families, family secrets, and faith from one of America's most beloved and acclaimed authors.

Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction - Nominee, Amazon.com Top 10 Editor's Picks: Audiobooks, AudioFile Best Voices, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, AudioFile Best Audiobooks, iTunes Best Audiobooks, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, L.A. Times Book Prize - Winner, NYT Outstanding Books of the Year, Publishers Weekly Listen Up Awards: Best in Category, National Book Awards Finalist, Kansas City Star Top Books of the Year

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Home by Marilynne Robinson--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt of Marilynne Robinson's novel Home. Hundreds of thousands were enthralled by the luminous voice of John Ames in Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Home is an entirely independent, deeply affecting novel that takes place concurrently in the same locale, this time in the household of Reverend Robert Boughton, Ames's closest friend. Glory Boughton, aged thirty-eight, has returned to Gilead to care for her dying father. Soon her brother, Jack--the prodiga

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Praise for Home

“Remarkable . . . an even stronger accomplishment than Gilead.” —Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books

“An exquisite, often ruefully funny meditation on redemption.” —Megan O'Grady, Vogue

“An anguished pastoral, a tableau of decency and compassion that is also an angry and devastating indictment of moral cowardice and unrepentant, unacknowledged sin. . . . . Beautiful.” —A. O. Scott, The New York Times Book Review

“Rich and resonant . . . Gilead and Home fit with and around each other perfectly, each complete on its own, yet enriching and enlivening the other. But both are books of such beauty and power.” —Emily Barton, Los Angeles Times

“Marilynne Robinson is so powerful a writer that she can reshape how we read.” —Mark Athitakis, Chicago Sun-Times

Home begins simply, eschewing obvious verbal fineness, and slowly grows in luxury--its last fifty pages are magnificently moving. . . . Powerful.” —James Wood, The New Yorker

“When Marilynne Robinson writes a new book, it's an event.” —Pat MacEnulty, Charlotte Observer

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Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Housekeeping (FSG, 1981), Gilead (FSG, 2004), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Home (FSG, 2008), and three books of nonfiction, Mother Country (FSG, 1989), The Death of Adam (1998) and Absence of Mind (2010). - FSG's Work in Progress

About the author

Marilynne Robinson

MARILYNNE ROBINSON is the author of the novels Gilead, Housekeeping, and two books of nonfiction, Mother Country and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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