In this month’s Readers’ Review, Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. The novel received the National Book Critics Circle award in 2004 and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2005. On his Facebook page, President Obama lists it as one of his favorite books. Written in the form of a letter from a dying preacher to his beloved young son, the novel begins as an account of his son’s “begats,” family history and other things he wouldn’t be able to tell him over the course of his growing up. It evolves into a way for him to work out unresolved moral issues. The story spans the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement, and Kirkus Reviews describes it as “a novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and as moving as prayer.”

Guests

  • Susan Page Washington bureau chief for USA Today.
  • The Very Reverend Samuel Lloyd dean of the Washington National Cathedral
  • Reverend Derrick Harkins Senior Pastor of The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington, D. C.

Read an Excerpt

Excerpted from Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Copyright 2004 by Marilynne Robinson. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. A paperback edition was published in May 2006 by Picador:

Related Links

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, Mar 27 2015An update on the plane crash in the French Alps. Saudi Arabia launches air strikes against Yemen rebel bases. And President Barack Obama slows U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, Mar 27 2015The House passes a budget with no Democratic support. Republican Senator Ted Cruz enters the 2016 presidential race. And the Army charges Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl with desertion. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

The Future Of The United Nations

Thursday, Mar 26 2015The United Nations has recently come under attack for its handling of both the Ebola outbreak and the war in Syria. It has prompted some to question what the role of the U.N. should be on the international stage. We look at the relevance of the U.N., 70 years after its creation.