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Marilynne Robinson and Colm Toibin with Paul Elie

Marilynne Robinson returns to the town of Gilead in her new novel, Lila. “There is the precision and lyrical power of her language, and the way it embodies a struggle—the fight to use the best words to describe both the visible and the invisible world,” wrote James Wood. Colm Tóibín’s new novel, about a widowed young mother, is Nora Webster. “He is an extraordinary writer—daring and precise,” wrote Roddy Doyle.