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What Are We Doing Here?

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
New essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by the Pulitzer Prize winner.

Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display.
What Are We Doing Here? is a call for Americans to continue the tradition of those great thinkers and to remake political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still."


Praise for What Are We Doing Here?

“An intellectual autobiography—a starchy, ardent and, on occasion, surprisingly personal account of what it means to be the custodian of one’s conscience in a world saturated with orthodoxies.” —New York Times

“These essays from one of our most incisive thinkers and elegant writers examine how faith and values shaped the nation, the roots of our deep political divisions, and the American tendency to create troublesome mythologies about ourselves.” —Boston Globe

“This is a collection driven by morality, sharp intellect and keen critical instincts, and by a deep investment in humanity.” —Toronto Star

“Marilynne Robinson is one of the United States’s leading intellectuals, tackling the big subjects of faith, fear and regret with a quiet clarity and rigour.” —The Guardian

“One of America’s finest novelists of the metaphysical . . . America needs minds like hers to keeps its intellectual culture alive.” —Sunday Herald