Robinson on the Rise

nd15_coverEverywhere I turn this month, Marilynne Robinson appears. I couldn’t be happier. I only came across her thanks to Michael Dirda singing the praises of her first novel, Housekeeping. Since then (1981), she took a 20+ year break from fiction writing until the 21st century to put out a fiction trilogy and three more nonfiction works, with each of her works of fiction winning significant prizes. She graces the November/December issue of Poets & Writers MagazinePresident Obama recently invited her for a conversation, she spoke with On Point about “hope in a time of fear“, and she just released a nonfiction volume, The Givenness of Things. She brings a unique combination of scholarship, faith, and wonder to everything she pens. Her fiction is poetic and measured, while her nonfiction, of which I’m less familiar, seems incredibly well-considered and born of true good will.



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