Read Your Way Across the USA with the Rosedale Book Club
In September the Rosedale Book Club will be traveling to Iowa through Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead. Pick up a copy of the book and join the discussion at Rosedale library.
About the book:
John Ames, a 76 year old preacher, has lived almost all of his life in Gilead, Iowa. He is writing a letter to his almost seven-year-old son, the blessing of his second marriage. It is a summing-up, an apologia, a consideration of his life. The reason for the letter is Ames's failing health. He wants to leave an account of himself for this son who will never really know him. His greatest regret is that he hasn't much to leave them, in worldly terms. Ames writes of his father and grandfather, estranged over his grandfather's departure for Kansas to march for abolition and his father's lifelong pacifism. The tension between them, their love for each other and their inability to bridge the chasm of their beliefs is a constant source of rumination for John Ames.