Shelf life: Looking at secular books I promise that this will be the last American novel I review for a while, as the column has become rather US-dominated recently. But Gilead is worth our staying across the Atlantic for another month! Secular Shelf Life Sarah Allen GILEADBy Marilynne RobinsonPicador. 247 pagesISBN 0 312 42440 X subscribe now Join today to gain access to the rest of this article and many others. more info login If you are already a subscriber, log in to continue. log in access code If you have an access code, enter it here: Go free trial Get free access for 14 days: Sign up Click here to find out how we take care of your personal data.