Robinson seemed on the fast track to be our generations Harper Lee-her 1980 Novel Housekeeping (Pulitzer finalists and now on pretty much every top 50 novels of the 20th century list) sat alone as her only piece of long fiction until 2004 when she wrote Gilead-which did win the Pulitzer Prize.
If you are feeling energetic you might consider reading Gilead before this meeting as our book 2008's Home gets entangled with it quite a bit.
The novel chronicles the life of the Boughton family, specifically the father, Reverend Robert Boughton, and Glory and Jack, two of Robert's adult children who return home to Gilead, Iowa. A companion to Gilead, Home is an independent novel that takes place concurrently.
The novel won one of the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award for Fiction.
Home was named one of the "100 Notable Books of 2008" by The New York Times, one of the "Best Books of 2008" by The Washington Post, one of the "Favorite Books 2008" of The Los Angeles Times, one of the "Best Books of 2008" of The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as one of The New Yorker book critic James Wood's ten favorite books of 2008.
Essentially, the protagonist of Gilead is the best friend, and fellow minister in town, of Robert Boughton and has always had a rocky relationship with Jack. And while their relationship isnt the focal point of the tale-it is very interesting how Robinson approaches conversations and confrontations the two characters have from different viewpoints.
We've actually read Housekeeping and Gilead in our Book Club, so this will give us a clean sweep of Robinson.