Jack By Marilynne Robinson

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ISBN: 9780374279301
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 29th, 2020

For lovers of Robinson's trilogy Home, Lila and Gilead, this fourth book Jack follows the story of the alcoholic prodigal son of the Presbyterian minister.

Much of the book is dialogue between Jack and the African-American high school English teacher Della where we gain insight into the depths of each character and their seeming star-crossed love for each as they reside in St. Louise where it is against the law for inter-racial relationships. I was amazed at Robinson's ability to peel away layer after layer of each character so that we have a deep understanding of what motivates each character and why they have an abiding love for each other.