Lila by Marilynne Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is the third book Robinson has written about the families of a pair of Iowa clergymen living next door to each other in Gilead, Iowa. The novels tell the stories of these people from different points of view which gives a richness to the overall story. Each book stands on its own, but the combination adds insight.
Lila was a well written novel, and it was interesting to learn Lila's side of the story, but the brilliance of Gilead was not here. I found it hard to identify with Lila which kept me at a distance to the story.
Robinson was born in Idaho in 1943. Assuming she wrote this book after writing Home (2008) she was over 65 when she wrote it. I am counting this title toward the task of reading a book written by someone over age 65 in the Read Harder Challenge.
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