Beautiful baby fear

Gilead Marilynne Robinson Novel Books Religion Motherhood

A few days ago, my son turned seven months. Since then, I’ve been rereading passages from Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead. It’s about many big things – religion, death, separation, love.

But, to me, it is about a dying father who makes sense of his life by writing about it. In doing so, he leaves his toddler son a written record of his very personal wisdom. So, another big thing.

Gilead captures the wonder of becoming a parent like few books I have read.  Above is a passage that shows Robinson’s serene treatment of the slow process of getting to know one’s child.

To hear the song ‘Go to Dark Gethsemane’ on YouTube, click here.

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