Join us for our next book club! To register, please contact Fr. Chris.
Purchase the book from the book-seller of your choice. Chapters-Indigo seems to have the lowest price.
Our first discussion will take place in mid-November.
A document containing a discussion guide and review is attached below.
Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, the latest in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction.
Jack is the newest novel in Marilynne Robinson's acclaimed Gilead series, a spiritual trek alongside a troubled and beloved prodigal son figure. Tracing questions of love, race, family, and belonging, Jack is a stunningly timely work.
Jack tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the beloved, erratic, and grieved-over prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister in Gilead, Iowa. In segregated St. Louis sometime after World War II, Jack falls in love with Della Miles, an African American high school teacher who is also the daughter of a preacher―discerning, generous, and independent. Their fraught, beautiful romance is one of Robinson’s greatest achievements.
The Gilead novels are about the dilemmas and promise of American history―about the ongoing legacy of the Civil War and the enduring impact of both racial inequality and deep-rooted religious belief. They touch the deepest chords in our national character and resonate with our deepest feelings.