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is the fictional memoir of the Reverend John Ames of 'Gilead', Iowa. Ames, who is dying, writes his memories down for his seven year old son, beginning with stories about his grandfather, a firebrand preacher in the American civil war.
(born November 26, 1943) is an American novelist and essayist. Her four major works are the novels Housekeeping (1980), Gilead (2004), Home (2008) and Lila (2014). Her novels depict rural life and faith. In her essays she has written about the relationship between religion and science, nuclear pollution, John Calvin, and contemporary American politics.
During her writing career Robinson has received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2005, the 2012 National Humanities Medal, and the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. In 2016 Robinson was named in Time Magazine's list of 100 most influential people. Former US President Barack Obama counts her among his friends.