Reading Matters

‘Lila’ wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Yes, I’m bragging. A book I’m been raving about, Marilynne’s Robinson’s equisitely told novel, “Lila,” has added to its list of honors the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award.

“Lila” is the third in a trilogy of novels set in Gilead, Iowa. It’s about a poor, odd-ball woman who falls in love with an elderly minister. It covers the gamut of emotions

without ever raising its voice.

I’ve loved the book like no other.

Other awards went to Claudia Rankine, nominated in both poetry and criticism, for poetry for “Citizen: An American Lyric”; to David Brion Davis for “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation” for non-fiction; to John Lahr for “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh: for biography; to rock critic Ellen Willis for “The Essential Ellen Willis” in criticism; and to cartoonist Roz Chast for “Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?” for autobiography.

If you are reluctant to read “Lila” until you’ve read the two others in the triology, don’t worry about it. “Lila” is more than fine by itself.