Last year two of the best books I read both had main characters named Lila. The first was the eponymous novel by Marilynne Robinson, Lila. I found it just as compelling and beguiling as Gilead.
My favorite passage is when Reverend John Ames talks to his skittish new wife:
“Lila,” he said, “I’m glad to know you aren’t planning to leave. But if you ever change your mind, I want you to leave by daylight. I want you to have a train ticket in your hand that will take you right where you want to go, and I want you to take your ring and anything else I have given you. You might want to sell it. That would be alright. You are my wife,” he said. “I want to take care of you, even if that means someday seeing you to the train.”
Lila by Marilynne Robinson