Marilynne Robinson is a tough act to follow; crystalline prose followed by…”a-yup”. Still, a powerful collection of characters and a series of connected stories that force you to understand them, even if you (often) don’t much care for them. Purely admirable characters are like happy families I suppose, for a writer. It does take an awfully long time for Olive to gain something like insight though.

“Don’t be scared of your hunger. If you’re scared of your hunger, you’ll just be one more ninny like everyone else”