Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there?
Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is ours -- a Levitical and free town on the north border of Gad (De 4: 43; Jos 21: 38), on the site of the present Salt Lake, in the province of Belka.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
Picking up Rhianna he ends up running into the Ghast, who want nothing more than to destroy humanity, and John Gilead from the religiously fanatical Republic of Eden.
A little like the Red Sox, who waited 86 years to win a World Series in 2004 but took only three more years to win their next title (last night!), Marilynne Robinson, after a 24-year-gap between her first novel, Housekeeping, and her second, Gilead, is not making her fans wait nearly as long for her third novel.
Since Rumsfeld holds major portions of stock in Gilead, he will handsomely profit from the scare tactics of the government that is being used to justify the purchase of $2 billion of Tamiflu.
Her new book, Gilead is reviewd briefly at the Village Voice.
All of the characters in Gilead are white, but African Americans play a major offstage role.
Much has been made of the fact that Gilead is Robinson's first work of fiction since her debut novel, Housekeeping, was published in 1981.