Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead is a novel written by Marilynne Robinson and published in 2004. It won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award. The novel is the fictional autobiography of the Reverend John Ames, an elderly congregationalist pastor in the small, secluded town of Gilead, Iowa who knows that he is dying of a heart condition. At the beginning of the book, the date is established as 1956, and Ames explains that he is writing an account of his life for his 7-year-old son, who will have few memories of him as an adult.

The 293rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 2nd on The 100 best books of the 21st century (The Guardian)
  2. - 4th on The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels (BBC)
  3. - 4th on Paste Magazine's Best Books of the Decade(2000-2009) (Paste Magazine)
  4. - 20th on The Millions: The Best Fiction of the Millennium (The Millions)
  5. - 30th on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  6. - 85th on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  7. - 94th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  8. - 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)
  9. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)
  10. - The Best Books of the 2000s (The Onion AV Club)
  11. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  12. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)

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Thalia Book Club: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson Audible Audiobook 237847 $3.95 2006
Gilead: A Novel Paperback 7039 $4.85 $0.25 2006
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Gilead Paperback 2429387 $6.55 $1.20 2006
Gilead Hardcover 18127532 $24.40 $33.58 2008
Balm in Gilead: A Theological Dialogue with Marilynne Robinson (Wheaton Theology Conference Series) Kindle Edition 758562 2019
Gilead Paperback 2197678 $2.74 $1.38 2004
Balm in Gilead: A Theological Dialogue with Marilynne Robinson (Wheaton Theology Conference) Paperback 210806 $17.72 $17.60 2019
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Gilead Audio CD 950701 $1.01
Gilead: A Novel Kindle Edition 14087 $7.99 2004
Gilead: A Novel Hardcover 53141 $4.89 $0.01 2004
Gilead: A Novel Paperback 336180 $4.14 $0.01 2006
Gilead: A Novel Audio CD 745711 $24.98 $10.97 2005
Home: A Novel Audible Audio Edition 55525 $26.95 2008
Lila: A Novel Audible Audio Edition 14679 $23.95 2014
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