While Lila by Marilynne Robinson is the third in a series with the same characters, it is helpful to remain aware of a change in voice that comes with a change in point of view. Lila the novel is literal because Lila the character is literal in relating her experiences to her bible readings, to her exploration of faith. For example, when reading about a biblical disaster, she interprets from actual wild fires and floods. She accepts injustice, tragedy, and betrayal because that has been her experience. For Lila all options are open, including abandoning Ames and returning to her wandering life. I found occasional rereading of a paragraph helped with any transitions of time and character that were less than smooth.
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Review Submitted by: Linda A. Stewart
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: A book with a one word title