Lila, homeless and alone, steps inside a small-town Iowa church - the only available shelter from the rain - and so begins a new existence after years of suffering and hardship.
Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood of itinerant work. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand-to-mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond. But despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life is laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to harmonise the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship, and to forget the shame of her past, until a chance meeting, and an unlikely attachment, changes everything.
Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead and Home, Lila is an unforgettable story about a girl who lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.
Marilynne Robinson is the author of Housekeeping (1981), which received the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel as-well-as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; Gilead, an international bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2005 and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top six novels of 2005; Home, which was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2009 and the L.A. Times Book Prize for fiction and, four books of nonfiction, Mother Country, The Death of Adam and Absence of Mind and When I Was a Child I Read Books. Marilynne Robinson has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 Marilynne Robinson was awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for her "grace and intelligence in writing". She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.