Readers' Review: "Home" by Marilynne Robinson
In his poem, “The Death of the Hired Man,” Robert Frost said, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.” In a novel titled “Home,” Marilynne Robinson shows it’s not always that simple. The book is a companion to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Gilead,” which is written in the form of a letter from an elderly minister to his young son. The same characters appear in the same place and time in “Home.” But the perspective shifts across town to another aging minister and his family’s troubles.
Washington bureau chief for USA Today.
poet; director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies.
retired Episcopal Bishop of Washington, Pro-tempore.