Your writings have fundamentally changed me. For the better, Marilynne. I believe that.


She’s at the top of my list of favorite authors. Marilynne Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize Winning novelist (Housekeeping; Gilead; Home), was interviewed by Wyatt Mason in an article titled The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson. Her new book Lila is coming out this week. Here’s a few excerpts from a yet another enlightening experience with the author:

[…] For Robinson, writing is not a craft; it is “testimony,” a bearing witness: an act that demands much of its maker, not least of which is the courage to reveal what one loves.

[…] A photo of her granddaughter sits on the living-room mantle, adjoining a pop-up Christmas card from the Obama White House, where last year she received a National Humanities Medal. (In his remarks that day to the honorees, the president said: “Your writings have fundamentally changed me, . . . I think for the better. Marilynne, . . . I believe that.”)

[…] The novel (Lila) confirms many things, not least of which is how Robinson’s work is unified by her belief in a sacred world whose wonders we have difficulty opening ourselves to, both privately and publicly.

[…] “Being and human beings,” Robinson told me, “are invested with a degree of value that we can’t honor appropriately. An overabundance that is magical.”

Don’t miss the full interview here by Wyatt Mason: The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson.

Book reviews on Lila: A Novel:

  • The Independent: Lila: A Moving Journey From Poverty to Happiness. “…the human story dominates, resulting in a book that leaves the reader feeling what can only be called exaltation.”
  • The New York Times: “Lila: Moral of the Story.” “…is not so much a novel as a meditation on morality and psychology, compelling in its frankness about its truly shocking subject: the damage to the human personality done by poverty, neglect and abandonment.”

Robinson’s new book is scheduled for release on October 7th on Amazon: Lila: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

Credits: Marilynne Robinson Portrait: The Independent


  1. her books are now officially added to my list )

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  2. I read “Housekeeping” and loved it, David. If I EVER return to reading novels again (like I used to, all the time), I shall read more of hers, thanks to you.

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  3. Yaay! I was worried about what to read next. Thanks, David!

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  4. Lots of food for thought in that interview.

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  5. Oh I’m excited a new author to explore! Thank you. 🙂 She sounds like my kind of human. 🙂

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    • Glad this was helpful Brenda. A tip coming from Sam Sacks in his Book Review:

      ““Lila” can be read and appreciated on its own, but one of its rich pleasures is the way that it builds on “Gilead” and “Home,” viewing the same characters (and sometimes the same scenes) from a different slant of perception and a different set of sympathies. The prismatic effect of the trilogy makes Gilead a kind of mythic everyplace, a quintessential national setting where our country’s complicated union with faith, in all its degrees of constancy and skepticism, is enacted.

      As for existence, neither Lila nor Ames arrives at any fixed conclusions about its meaning, except that the whole of it is vast, difficult and blessed, and more mysterious than either had conceived. “It’s remarkable, whatever else,” is the closest Ames can come to explaining it. There’s something apt in that summation, something true in its shyness and simplicity. Let it also serve as the best description of Marilynne Robinson’s novel.”

      – Sam Sacks, Book Review: ‘Lila’ by Marilynne Robinson


  6. Have heard this book is sweeping readers away after the first few pages, sounds intriguing.

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