Books by Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson is the author of the modern classic Housekeeping (FSG, 1981)--winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award--and two books of nonfiction, Mother Country (FSG, 1989) and The Death of Adam. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

THE GIVENNESS OF THINGS by Marilynne Robinson
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on troubling and divisive cultural—and spiritual—issues."
A sober, passionate defense of Christian faith. Read full book review >
LILA by Marilynne Robinson
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Fans of Robinson will wish the book were longer—and will surely look forward to the next."
More balm in Gilead as Robinson (When I Was a Child I Read Books, 2012, etc.) returns to familiar ground to continue the saga ofJohn Amesand his neighbors. Read full book review >
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I READ BOOKS by Marilynne Robinson
Released: March 20, 2012

"Articulate and learned descriptions and defenses of the author's Christian faith."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist returns with a collection of essays that are variously literary, political and religious. Read full book review >
HOME by Marilynne Robinson
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Comes astonishingly close to matching its amazing predecessor in beauty and power."
A companion volume to Robinson's luminous, Pulitzer-winning novel Gilead (2004). Read full book review >
GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Robinson has composed, with its cascading perfections of symbols, a novel as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and moving as prayer. Matchless and towering."
The wait since 1981 and Housekeeping is over. Robinson returns with a second novel that, however quiet in tone and however delicate of step, will do no less than tell the story of America—and break your heart. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF ADAM by Marilynne Robinson
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"This is a book written in hope."
The author of Housekeeping (1980) and Mother Country (1989) challenges the accepted views of Calvin, Darwin, and others to invigorate intellectual discourse and, by extension, change our days and minds. Read full book review >
HOUSEKEEPING by Marilynne Robinson
Released: Jan. 14, 1980

"A convoluted novel, obsessively striated with repetitive images of fluidity—flooding waters, blinking trains, the play of light and darkness, wisps of overheard tales—but if the poetry is over-stressed, the bottom-line talent in this highly promising debut is unmistakable."
Robinson's brooding first novel is perhaps fatally weighed down with excess myth-and-symbol pretensions, but it's often exhilaratingly imaginative—as narrator Ruth becomes a kind of spectral presence in the tale of her own childhood and early adolescence in a remote, flood-prone lakeside village in Idaho. Read full book review >