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Scranton Reads 2017 Book Selected

The Scranton Reads Committee is happy to announce 2017’s selected book title! This year, we will be reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

The book follows Reverend John Ames who lives in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa in 1956.  He writes a letter to his seven year old son, reflecting on the life he has lived so far and sharing stories of his grandfather, who served in the American Civil War, and father to pass down to his only son. As the letter progresses, the Reverend switches from past to present, sharing his thoughts about his closest friends and the townspeople. It is a story about faith, love, sacrifice, regret, and makes us question the importance of family history.

Among its accomplishments, Gilead has also won the National Books Critics Circle Award, Ambassador Book Award, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Rodda Book Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Gilead is the first book in Robinson’s series which details the lives of several characters who live in Gilead, Iowa. The novel precedes two other books in the series: Home (2) and Lila (3).

Reserve your copy from the Library today! We will also be giving out free copies of the book at the kick-off event on October 6 at the Albright Memorial Library.

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