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Title   Lila 

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Author   ROBINSON Marilynne  ISBN   9781844088812  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Virago  Group   Fiction View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Fiction A-Z  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2014 
Subject   Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945) 
Stock Status   Not currently in stock - contact store for availability 
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Synopsis Longlist: Warwick Prize for Writing 2015.
Longlist: National Book Award 2014.

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 and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering 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 of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a lucky knife to protect them. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonise the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.

Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Orange Prize-winning Home, Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.

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