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Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (247 p.) - Quite good. Not an edge-of-your-seat page turner but good in the way of listening to the rain hit a tin roof, very calming. I found a lot of wisdom in this book.
Gilead is one of those books that on the surface looks pretty boring. But the author makes the story so rich, I couldn't help but sigh at the end--the kind of happy sigh that comes from reading something so beautifully done, you're happy to be a part of it.