Readers' Review: "Home" by Marilynne Robinson (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "Home" by Marilynne Robinson (Rebroadcast)

"Home" by Marilynne Robinson is a companion piece to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "Gilead." Set in the same time and place, it also tackles questions of faith and family -- but from a different perspective: the youngest daughter of an old minister and her ne'er-do-well older brother.

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.

Guests

Susan Page

Washington bureau chief for USA Today.

E. Ethelbert Miller

poet; director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, Board Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies.

The Right Reverand Jane Holmes Dixon

retired Episcopal Bishop of Washington, Pro-tempore.

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