Jack – Marilynne Robinson


Jack tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the loved and grieved-over prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister in Gilead, Iowa, a drunkard and a ne’er-do-well. In segregated St. Louis sometime after World War II, Jack falls in love with Della Miles, an African-American high school teacher, also a preacher’s child, with a discriminating mind, a generous spirit and an independent will. Their fraught, beautiful story is one of Robinson’s greatest achievements.


I’m not sure if it’s on me for not having read the rest of the series first but I found this uninteresting and difficult to read.

The first 25% was a REAL drag for me which put a bad light on the rest of the story.

I found it impossible to connect with the main character and the conversations quite frankly, boring.

I was desperate to hear her point of view but it never came.

I regret not DNFing this one… 1/5 stars from me.

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