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Marilynne Robinson's novels are filled with celestial light, evoking a sense of divine presence. Characters in her novels experience moments of transcendent beauty and grace. Robinson's deep knowledge and love of Christianity is reflected in her novels, making her one of the greatest living Christian novelists.
"I love the prairie! So often I have seen the dawn come and the light flood over the land and everything turn radiant at once," writes John Ames, the narrator of Gilead.
Robinson's novels, such as Gilead and Home, depict characters who experience moments of grace and redemption. The imagery of light and brightness in her novels draws on the Biblical concept of Creation and adds a spiritual dimension to the narrative. Robinson's novels are a testament to her deep knowledge and love of Christianity.
A primordial sun also shines upon Jack Boughton, the prodigal son of Robinson's Gilead quartet.