Marilynne Robinson, Author of "Jack," in Conversation with Héctor Tobar
This is a panel for the Los Angeles Times Virtual Festival of Books, which you can register for HERE.
Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, the latest novel in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction
Jack tells the story of John Ames Boughton, the beloved, erratic, and grieved-over prodigal son of a Presbyterian minister in Gilead, Iowa. In segregated St. Louis sometime after World War II, Jack falls in love with Della Miles, an African American high school teacher who is also the daughter of a preacher―discerning, generous, and independent. Their fraught, beautiful romance is one of Robinson’s greatest achievements.
The Gilead novels are about the dilemmas and promise of American history―about the ongoing legacy of the Civil War and the enduring impact of both racial inequality and deep-rooted religious belief. They touch the deepest chords in our national character and resonate with our deepest feelings.
Marilynne Robinson is the author of the novels Lila, Home, Gilead (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), and Housekeeping, and the nonfiction books, When I Was a Child I Read Books, Mother Country, The Death of Adam, and Absence of Mind. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Héctor Tobar is the author of five books published in fifteen languages, including the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller, Deep Down Dark, an account of a 2010 Chilean mine disaster. His other books include the novels The Tattooed Soldier and The Barbarian Nurseries. His most recent book, the novel The Last Great Road Bum, was published this fall by FSG. He is a contributing writer for the New York Times opinion pages, and has written for the New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. He’s currently a professor at the University of California, Irvine.