Sunday February 23, 2020

Elegiac celebration of a lost America

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, Virago, €17.

16th April, 2005

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson, Virago, €17.

Marilynne Robinson's career has been characterised by critical acclaim, controversy and protracted silences. Her debut novel, Housekeeping, won the 1982 PEN/Faulkner award and quickly became a modern American classic, but she has made fans wait 24 years for Gilead, only her second work of fiction to date.

In between she wrote Mother Country, a polemical indictment of Windscale (now Sellafield) which also criticised the policies of Greenpeace and resulted in...

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