If you’re like us, you’ve been eagerly anticipating Marilynne Robinson’s third volume in her Gilead series, LILA, following the Pulitzer Prize–winning GILEAD and National Book Award finalist HOME.
This last book in the trilogy revisits beloved characters and tells the backstory of Lila, the young bride of elderly Reverend Ames, first met in GILEAD.
Reviews are coming in and they’re outstanding:
“A masterpiece of prose in the service of the moral seriousness that distinguishes Robinson’s work.” – Publishers Weekly, starred & boxed review
“Robinson has created a tour de force, an unforgettably dramatic odyssey, a passionate and learned moral and spiritual inquiry, a paean to the earth, and a witty and transcendent love story—all within a refulgent and resounding novel so beautifully precise and cadenced it wholly transfixes and transforms us.”
– Booklist, starred review
“…this is a lovely and touching story that grapples with the universal question of how God can allow his children to suffer. Recommended for fans of Robinson as well as those who enjoyed Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, another exploration of pain and loneliness set against the backdrop of a small town.”
— Library Journal, starred review
Future review coverage will come in the New York Times Magazine, Elle Magazine, Vogue, W Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Good Housekeeping, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” with much more to come, and Robinson will be interviewed by Bill Moyers for PBS.
Read a sneak peek excerpt on FSG’s Work in Progress. Or listen to an excerpt of the audiobook!
LILA will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Macmillan Audio on October 7, 2014.