Marilynne Robinson—one of our greatest writers—created an entire universe when she wrote Gilead more than 16 years ago. Now Oprah has picked the four Gilead novels as her latest Oprah's Book Club selection.

In Bob Dylan's iconic ballad "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," a lawman implores his mother to strip him of his badge and guns because, "It's gettin' dark, too dark to see...That long black cloud is comin' down." The song is grounded in a colloquial American voice, good guys versus heretics, and the belief that the next world will somehow be better than this one.

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