Jack

Jack

Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, the latest in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction.

Jack  tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the beloved, erratic, and grieved-over prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister in Gilead, Iowa. In segregated St. Louis sometime after World War II, Jack falls in love with Della Miles, an African American high school teacher who is also the daughter of a preacher―discerning, generous, and independent. Their fraught, beautiful romance is one of Robinson’s greatest achievements.

The Gilead novels are about the dilemmas and promise of American history―about the ongoing legacy of the Civil War and the enduring impact of both racial inequality and deep-rooted religious belief. They touch the deepest chords in our national character and resonate with our deepest feelings.

Title:Jack
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    Jack Reviews

  • Angela M

    This is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read in a very long time. “After years of days that were suffered and forgotten, no more memorable than any particular stone in his shoe, here, ...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Loved it.... .....I loved the pure beauty of the gracefully written words....the feelings they stimulated in me. Each sentence seemed to be fierce and affecting. Spiritual, morally and emotionally com...

  • Dolors

    Reading “Jack” has been both pleasure and pain for this reader.To begin with, the novel has made me realize that I wasn’t truly prepared to immerse myself into such an intense journey as the Gil...

  • Diane S ?

    3.5. When one opens this book one expects , because after all this is Marilynne Robinson, some pretty fantastic prose. This is what I found, the writing was beautiful. So why then did this not appeal ...

  • Debbie

    Well, this was a bust. I tried, I really did, but it was off with its head at the halfway mark. It had all the good stuff—it’s well written and an excellent character study, with plenty of psychol...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Published today 29/09/20 It is odd, what families do to their children—Faith, Hope, Grace, Glory, the names of his good, plain sisters like an ascending scale of spiritual attainment, a veritable ...

  • Marialyce

    A wonderfully written introspective on two people who are lonely, hurt, and find one another and share their beliefs and love. It's a keen look at John Ames Boughton, the son of a Presbyterian ministe...

  • Diane Barnes

    A beautiful love story between a disreputable white man who in his own words is a bum, and a black woman who is a highly educated high school English teacher. This was St. Louis in the 50's, so even t...

  • Cheri

    Jack Boughton is the son of Gilead, Iowa’s Minister Boughton, named after John Ames, the preacher and narrator of Robinson’s Gilead. This fourth in Robinson’s connected volumes is his story, rev...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Friday, the 2021 Tournament of Books Long list came out, and I had a healthy number of books from it already on hand that I hadn't read yet. So I picked up this book, which I had from the publisher th...