Lila is an uneducated, impoverished, lifelong “drifter” who is unexpectedly drawn into a community where she is shown extravagant kindness and grace. Although Lila never received much formal education, she is a deep thinker who constantly ponders morality, human existence, and theology in relation to the people and circumstances of her past and present.
Lila is Marilynne Robinson’s third book set in the Iowa town of Gilead, but it is fine to read on its own. I appreciated Robinson’s perspective and her gentle and compassionate tone. I have not yet read her other works of fiction, but I am planning to.