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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

A new classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping.

The long-awaited fourth and last of Marilynne Robinson's Gilead novels - one of the great works of contemporary literature.

With Jack, Robinson takes her listeners back to the small town of Gilead, Iowa, in 1956, to tell the story of John Ames Boughton, the godson of John Ames and the black sheep of his family. He's a ne'er-do-well and the beloved prodigal son who falls in love with and marries Della, a beautiful and brilliant African American teacher he meets in segregated St. Louis. Their fraught, beautiful romance is one of Robinson's greatest achievements.

©2020 Marilynne Robinson (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada
  • Series: Gilead, Book 4
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

Critic Reviews

"Robinson’s latest glorious work of metaphysical and moral inquiry, nuanced feelings, intricate imagination, and exquisite sensuousness ... Myriad manifestations of pain are evoked, but here, too, are beauty, mystery, and joy as Robinson holds us rapt with the exactitude of her perceptions and the exhilaration of her hymnal cadence, and so gracefully elucidates the complex sorrows and wonders of life and spirit.” (Booklist, starred review)

“Robinson’s stellar, revelatory fourth entry in her Gilead cycle . . . is a beautiful, superbly crafted meditation on the redemption and transcendence that love affords.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"A meditation on human decency and the capacity for redemption." (Joumana Khatib, New York Times)

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