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A satisfying novel, that drags on too long
on March 16, 2013
This novel lives in the shadow of its predecessor Gilead, which is shorter and better. Those 2 factors may be related.
Nonetheless, this is a powerful novel with moments of majesty and grace, all within the context of a muted domestic drama. The main characters are Glory Boughton, her aged father, and her wayward brothe Jack. Both Glory and Jack return home after long absences, setting off a painful process of attempted reconciliation and redemption. The power of this book is reduced by many scenes that are drawn out too long or just become unbelievably weighty.
Not a book for everyone therefore. I would recommend reading Robinson's novel Gilead before taking on this one.