The Pageturners Library Book Club selection for June will feature a prize-winning novel of family relationships, personal friendships, inner struggles, and the meaning of faith.
Marilynn Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Gilead,” has written another masterpiece, which although not a true sequel, offers another penetrating look at the characters of “Gilead” from a different point of view. Her novel, “Home,” written in 2008, returns the reader to Gilead, the fictional town in Iowa where the story of the Rev. John Ames and the Rev. Robert Boughton and their families unfolds.
Robinson, who was born and raised in Sandpoint, first gained recognition for her novel, “Housekeeping,” that was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. “Home,” her third novel, was awarded the Orange Prize for fiction.
“Home” focuses on the story of Jack, the wayward son of the Boughton, who has returned home after a 20-year absence, and his younger sister Glory who has also returned home after a failed engagement. It is a tale of a prodigal son who has returned home seeking forgiveness and redemption. Jack finds it difficult to achieve forgiveness, including forgiving himself, but as the story unfolds, he and Glory develop a relationship they never had as brother and sister growing up in the same family.
Robinson’s writing is powerful and brilliant as she plumbs the depths of family relationships, personal friendships, and inner character. It is both a healing and a troubling look at families, faith, and personal character by one of our premier authors.
Copies of the book are available at the Research and Information Desk of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Questions for discussion are also available and anyone who wishes may participate.
The book review and discussion will begin at 10:15 a.m., Wednesday, June 23, in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library at 702 E. Front Ave. Library copies of the book can be picked up for check out at the Research and Information Desk.
Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/7692315. News about the library and other city departments is also available on the City of Coeur d’Alene news blog: http://cdacity.blogspot.com/.