Novel Ideas Book Discussion: Gilead

This month we'll be reading Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets. Marilynne Robinson tells an intimate tale about fathers and sons in a novel "as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering (Kirkus Reviews)." Gilead won the Pulitzer Prize, and was selected for the Great American Read as one of the country's best-loved works of fiction.

Novel Ideas is a librarian-led exploration of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction from around the world. This wide-ranging group will sample critically acclaimed and prize-winning titles with open and inclusive discussion aimed at engaging readers with the book and with each other. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month at the James City County Library, starting at 2 pm. Williamsburg Regional Library will provide copies.  Beginning February 18, copies of Gilead will be available at both libraries. If you can't find a copy on the shelves, check with the Adult Services reference desk to find out how to get yours. 

Questions? Call us at 757.259.4050.


Monday, March 18, 2019 - 2:00pm


James City County
Event Room: 
McGaw Room