A Wealth of Insight
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I READ BOOKS.
By Marilynne Robinson.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 206 pp. $24
Marilynne Robinson is one of America’s most important novelists. What often gets lost in the swooning over her fiction is that she is also one of the country’s most accomplished essayists.
Robinson stepped into the literary limelight in 1980 with the novel Housekeeping, an eerie story of two sisters trying to survive off the geographic and social grid. Gilead (2004), which won the Pulitzer Prize, and Home (2008) provided a fine-grained rendering of the moral and spiritual ruminations of the inhabitants of a fictional Iowa town.
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