Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2005
National Book Critics Circle Award, Fiction, 2005
From the author of Housekeeping, Gilead is the long-hoped-for second novel by one of America's finest writers.Chosen by the New York Times Book Review as one of the top six novels of 2004. In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames' life, he begins a letter to his young son, a kind of last testament to his remarkable forebears.
"It is a book of such meditative calm, such spiritual intensity that is seems miraculous that her silence was only for 23 years; such measure of wisdom is the fruit of a lifetime." (Neel Mukherjee, The Times)
"Writing of this quality, with an authority as unforced as the perfect pitch in music, is rare and carries with it a sense almost of danger - that at any moment, it might all go wrong. In Gilead, however, nothing goes wrong." (Jane Shilling, Sunday Telegraph)
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Dour Reading Failed to Resonate
I was very interested in listening to this book, but the dour reading style of the narrator induced a profound depression in my soul. Maybe it's an accurate rendition of the character's voice, but I had to cut and run before the first chapter was out.