36. Jack by Marilynne Robinson
Robinson returns with a story related to her Gilead set books. This one takes place earlier than those and is set in St. Louis following Jack the godson and namesake of the preacher in Gilead. He is a never do well, alcoholic who just can’t seem to get his life together. He falls in love with a black school teacher, which of course is not looked kindly on in 1950s St. Louis. This book had its moments, but mostly I just found it so boring. It probably gave great insight into the mind of an alcoholic, but that really wasn’t a pleasant place to be so it didn’t even really have that going for it. And with the book centered in Jack’s perspective it was impossible to ever really figure out why Della would have been in love with him because it certainly never seemed like she should have been. I give it a 4 out of 10.