A new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder. Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security. Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand to mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a ragged blade to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves. Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Home, a National Book Award finalist, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence that is destined to become an American classic.
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"Lila is a complex character, a smart but essentially feral child-woman. It would take a wise and subtle actor to find the right audio voice for her jumpy, puzzled, contradictory inner life, and Maggie Hoffman is not that actor. She consistently misses where the emotional weight of a sentence lies, rushing through each one as if it contained mere data, not surprise, revelation, or narrative power. She swallows words and allows no breathing space around sentences or speeches that would pack a wallop on the page. Nor does she come anywhere close to a believable voice for LilaÕs elderly preacher husband, John Ames, familiar to RobinsonÕs fans from two earlier novels. Those fans will be better served by reading the book with their eyes. B.G. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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