Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Gilead won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and Home won the Orange Prize. She lives in Iowa.
Robinson urges her audience to stand by what makes us human -
"creative, knowing, efficacious, deeply capable of loyalty". The
argument is sophisticated and persuasive * Guardian *
A bracing, stringent book that continually challenges the reader * Telegraph *
There is much rich matter in these essays. They are simultaneously challenging, disturbing and rewarding * Catholic Herald *