Marilynne Robinson’s third novel Home has been awaded the Orange Prize for Fiction, beating favourite to win Scottsboro by Ellen Feldman. Home retells the story of Robinson’s second novel, Gilead, from a different perspective, giving readers a closer look at the other great character: Jack Broughton, who returns home in order to make peace with his dying father. In Robinson’s own words:
I didn’t want to make Jack a good man in a conventional sense, I wanted to make him a person of value in terms of the whole complexity of his life.
On the decision to award Robinson the prize, Fi Glover, Chairman of the judging panel says:
We were unanimously agreed – it is a profound work of art
See which other novels were short-listed here.
The Reader No.32 featured an extract from Home, and you can find details on how to get hold of a copy here.