Lila (Robinson novel)

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Author Marilynne Robinson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date
October 7, 2014
Media type hardcover, paperback, e-book, audiobook
Pages 272 pp
ISBN 0374187614
Preceded by Gilead, Home

Lila is a novel written by Marilynne Robinson that was published in 2014. Her fourth novel, it is the third installment of the Gilead trilogy. The novel focuses on the courtship and marriage of Lila and John Ames, as well as the backstory of Lila's transient past and her complex attachments. It won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award.


Lila has received widespread acclaim. In a review for The Atlantic Leslie Jamison praised the novel as "brilliant and deeply affecting."[1] In another review, Sarah Churchwell wrote, "Lila... offers Robinson's characteristic delights: glorious prose, subtle wisdom and a darkly numinous atmosphere, lit at moments by a visionary wonder shading into exaltation."[2]

In Books and Culture Linda Moore offers "a dissenting view," critiquing the Christianity that Robinson writes about as "gospel thin, exiguous, a story slight and wanting, and Flannery isn't here to say so."[3]



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  4. ^ "National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for Publishing Year 2014". National Book Critics Circle. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Alexandra Alter (March 12, 2015). "'Lila' Honored as Top Fiction by National Book Critics Circle". The New York Times. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
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