Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Twilight Book Club reads "Home"

Join us on Tuesday, October 7th at 6:30 PM to discuss Marilynne Robinson's Home, a sequel to her Pulitzer-prize winning Gilead. A novel that explores the lives of characters introduced in Gilead, Home centers around the story of Jack Boughton, black sheep and beloved son of Reverend Robert Boughton. It is 1957 in Gilead, Iowa, and Jack and his sister Glory have come back home to care for their dying father.

When Glory last laid eyes on Jack, she was 16, and he was leaving Gilead with a reputation as a thief and a scoundrel, having just gotten an underage girl pregnant. By his account, he'd since lived as a vagrant, drunk and jailbird until he fell in with a woman named Della in St. Louis. By degrees, Jack and Glory bond while taking care of their father, but when Jack's letters to Della are returned unopened, Glory has to deal with Jack's relapse into bad habits and the effect it has on their father. In giving an ancient drama of grace and perdition such a strong domestic setup, Robinson stakes a fierce claim to a divine recognition behind the rituals of home. (Publisher's Weekly)

"An exquisite, often ruefully funny meditation on redemption."--Megan O'Grady, Vogue

The Twilight Book Club is open to everyone, and copies of the book are now available at the circulation desk. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Lane Library.


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