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Jack by Marilynne Robinson
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    Sep 2020, 320 pages
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    Apr 2021, 320 pages

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As the fourth book in Marilynne's Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead series, Jack delves deeply into the life and soul of one of Robinson's most enigmatic characters.

If you are a fan of Marilynne Robinson's Gilead series, you already know who Jack is. Chances are, you already know his story too. Jack is the enigmatic ne'er do well who disrupts the peace of Gilead's quiet narrator, Rev. John Ames, with his return to town after a 20-year absence. In that first novel of the series, we learn that though he is the beloved (perhaps most beloved) son of the narrator's friend and fellow cleric, Jack has done nothing but bring shame to his family with his childhood stream of malicious pranks, petty larcenies and deliberate provocations. The novel Jack traverses the intervening years between his departure and return to Gilead, painting a portrait of an infinitely flawed and complicated man grappling with what it means to truly love.

If Robinson has written beautifully about family life and the domestic love that exists between father and son in Gilead, ...

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