Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Library Loot ~ November 19-25

Lila ~ by Marilynne Robinson, 2014, fiction (Iowa)
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.
Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire @ The Captive Reader and Linda @ Silly Little Mischief that encourages us to share the names of books we checked out of the library.  See what others got this week.


Linda said...

This one sounds fantastic. Enjoy!

Lory said...

This is on my radar too. I started Gilead once but wasn't in the mood. I'd like to try again at some point.

Anonymous said...

I'm the same way. Loved Housekeeping, couldn't get through Gilead, still looking forward to Lila.

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

I really, really need to read Gilead. I think it and both Home and Lila sounds wonderful.