effulgence

a brilliant radiance; a radiant splendor


This word comes from Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson: “… and you were kneeling on the ground together with Soapy between and that effulgence of bubbles rising, and so much laughter. Ah, this life, this world.”

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2 Responses to effulgence

  1. Diane says:

    After reading many reviews (pre-release and post) of Gilead, that little clip makes me more interested in reading the book than anything! Lovely!

  2. Karl says:

    Wow, Diane! That’s cool. I think you would love the book. It’s full of gorgeous writing like that. It’s almost enough to make me hopeful.

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