Marilynne Robinson’s Jack tells the tale of John Ames Boughton, the loved and grieved-over prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister in Gilead, Iowa, a drunkard and a ne’er-do-well.
In segregated St Louis sometime after the Second World War, Jack falls in love with Della Miles, an African-American high-school teacher, also a preacher’s child, with a discriminating mind, a generous spirit and an independent will. This is their fraught, beautiful story.
Life with Aunt Sylvie
Once in a blue moon an encounter with a new book can be like falling in love – you just know, instinctively, that you’ve found a voice that’s entirely sympathetic, and that you want to spend...Read more