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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
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Mar 07, 2012

it was amazing
Read in March, 2009

Marilynne Robinson's first book, 'Housekeeping' is one of my favorite novels. It took her many years to write another novel but she has done it again. She's written a beautiful, poignant and haunting book.

The story is about an Iowa minister who is 76 years old. He was widowed when young and remarried much later in life. He now is dying and will be leaving his 7 year old son and young wife behind. This novel is comprised of a book-length letter that the minister is writing to his son to be read posthumously.

The book is part memoir, part philosophy, and partly a treatise on forgiveness and acceptance. The minister's best friend has named a son after him and this son has turned out to be the family black sheep. Not only is this young man the minister's namesake, but he is his Godson as well. The minister tries to understand him by writing about his life, the man's relationships and actions, and how the minister has learned to forgive things he did not initially understand.

I give this book my highest recommendation.
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