Comment: Fans of Robinson's debut Housekeeping have been waiting 23 years for her to
publish a second novel and, according to the overwhelmingly glowing reviews, the
wait has been worth it. The story is told by the Rev. John Ames who at 77
years of age in 1956, and in failing health, decides to write a letter to his
six-year-old son with an account of his life, and that of his father and grandfather. Doesn't sound like much of a storyline I know but, as the
saying goes, it's not what you say but how you say it! Here are a few
comments from the multitude of reviewers who have already pitched in with their
views on Gilead.
'Robinson's prose is beautiful, shimmering and precise; the revelations are subtle but never muted when they come, and the careful telling carries the breath of suspense.... Many writers try to capture life'...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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