I say let's just give her the Nobel Prize now. Robinson is clearly one of the best writers on the planet, writing with a concentration of power and grace that can leave you flabbergasted, coming as it does in such as quiet and unassuming package. No noisy scenes, no emotional rants--just true-to-life characters doing their best in a morally compromised world. Here she revisits Gilead, Iowa, shifting from the perspective of Rev. Ames to the children of his life-long friend, the Presbyterian Rev. Broughton. The shift in perspective lets us see the 1950s world of Gilead as a completely different universe.

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