St. Anne's Book Club, Monday April 20, 7:30pm

The St. Anne's Book Club will meet on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Audrey Engstrom. E-mail the office if you need the address. We will discuss "Lila," by Marilynne Robinson. All are welcome!

If you're purchasing the book on Amazon, be sure to go there via our St. Anne's website, and St. Anne's will receive up to 5 percent of the sale price of the book.

"Lila," by Marilynne Robinson

Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister and widower, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the days of suffering that preceded her newfound security. 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 and a lucky knife to protect them. 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 harmonize the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves. Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gilead" and Orange Prize-winning "Home," Lila is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.

 Upcoming date:

Monday, May 18, Location to be determined: "All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel," by Anthony Doerr