Lila: A Novel : Gilead

  • by Marilynne Robinson
  • Narrated by Maggie Hoffman
  • Series: Gilead
  • 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping. Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.
Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand to mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a ragged blade to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.
Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Home, a National Book Award finalist, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence that is destined to become an American classic.

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A wonderful love story

Would you consider the audio edition of Lila: A Novel to be better than the print version?

I have only experienced the audio version, but read 'Home' by Marilynne Robinson. I prefer to read Marilynne Robinson's books because her prose is so beautiful and descriptive there are passages I would like to instantly re-read.


Which character – as performed by Maggie Hoffman – was your favourite?

I particularly liked the Rev. John Ames for his incredible kindness. Lila is a profound, thought-provoking story if at times a little too slow in the telling!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Lila's thoughts meander back and forth without clear definition which can be confusing especially when listening to them so it would have been good to listen to the book in one sitting.


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- stylo

Wonderful novel, brilliant production

This is the most amazing book! It took a while to work out the structure, but the story pulls you in, and the characters are so believable. Most of the story is just the relationship between a young woman and her much older husband, but it is so well portrayed, I didn't want to get to the end! Now I've just bought 'Gilead' for the next part of the story. Cannot rate highly enough.
The reader is perfect, with the right American accent, and a super way of carrying you along. Fascinating insight into a way of life that is so different from my own.
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- Ronni Lamont

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio