The human desire to leave behind something lasting is the concept behind this novel. The narrator, Reverend John Ames, knows his health is failing; as an inheritance for his seven-year-old son, he pens the intricate story of his life. Marilynne Robinson's tale illuminates the difficulties of fatherhood and family, and the ties that bind us all together.
BookMark: Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
By SARAH MAY CLARKSON • June 24, 2009