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Dear Reader,

I am pleased to introduce you to Marilynn Robinson’s new novel Lila as our November First Edition Club selection. It continues to illuminate the town and characters introduced in Ms. Robinson’s two previous novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead and Home.

Told from the point of view of its main character, Lila explores the unlikely relationship between an itinerant woman and an aging town minister. Robinson’s prose is full of introspection and memory; her paragraphs convey private thought beautifully, by shifting freely--and deftly--in relation to the actual sequence of events.

Lila is a powerful meditation on how faith can provide hope, engender trust and counteract the bewildering effects of loneliness. This is a book you will want to read slowly and savor deeply. I trust you will love it as much as I do.

Nathan Spoon,



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• If you sign up for the Parnassus First Editions Club, we will deliver a signed first edition of a book to your doorstep 12 times a year.

• The selections will be hand-chosen by the staff of Parnassus, and will include a mix of established authors and potential new literary and non-fiction stars.

• We hope you'll love the books we choose, but in the event that you don't, you can return a selection within two weeks of receiving it.

• To sign up, simply fill out the form below or feel free to stop by the store, where one of our friendly booksellers will be happy to assist you. All books are billed at list price, plus postage. 

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