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Lila: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson

Published: 2014-10-07
Hardcover : 272 pages
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
National Book Award Finalist

A new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a ...

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
National Book Award Finalist

A new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping

Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.
Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand to mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a ragged blade to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.
Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Home, a National Book Award finalist, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence that is destined to become an American classic.

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contemplative
by Kathleenaclem (see profile) 11/25/15
very moving

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by tcrowl (see profile) 05/31/18

 
  "I liked it but half the group didn't"by paula_p (see profile) 02/22/17

I really enjoyed reading this, and quite enjoyed the almost gentle pace of the narrative. I really felt the emotion of lila came through, while others in the group found the character annoy... (read more)

 
  "Lila"by Mbeek (see profile) 10/04/16

Only half of our book club finished this book. It was not a fun book to read. The main problem people had was the way it changed from present tense to past tense in the same paragraph and we were sometimes... (read more)

 
by jlease (see profile) 09/24/16

 
  "Half loved, half disliked"by carolkaskin (see profile) 09/23/16

LILA was not a universal success with my club, but those who liked it really did enjoy the book. Some found the book too confusing to follow clearly, thus frustrating the reader. Others liked the back-and-forth... (read more)

 
  "Waste of time"by Seesankady1 (see profile) 04/22/16

Sorry xant say anything good other than it was only 199 pages

 
by lovebooks58 (see profile) 02/11/16

 
  "Lila"by Kathleenaclem (see profile) 11/25/15

This book was written "open-ended". It left much to the reader's own interpretation based on their own personal lifetime insights. Many moving passages left me contemplating life through Lila and Rev.... (read more)

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