LILA by Marilynne Robinson

LILA by Marilynne Robinson, (2014). Lila was an unwanted child who was taken care of by Doll, a homeless woman who would steal her away from the under the old house where she slept when she was locked out at night. Doll slept next to her keeping her warm and oftentimes feeding her. As they traveled around during the great depression  Lila grew and one time they stayed a whole year in a town where Lila could learn to read, write and do basic arithmetic.Eventually they end up in a small Iowa town of Gilead where somehow Lila ends up getting married to an old widower preacher. She turns up pregnant but I’m not sure if she already was when they married or if she got that way after. Needless to say Lila is more than a little eccentric. She doesn’t know her own surname and called herself Lila Dahl before she married. It will be interesting to see if Lila stays with her preacher husband or walks away, but now she will have a child, so who knows.

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