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Marilynne Robinson: Sandpoint Memories

April 6, 2010
Boise, ID

Writer Marilynne Robinson has never forgotten the Northwest landscape of her childhood. Her first novel, the acclaimed Housekeeping (an NEA Big Read selection), takes place in the fictional town of Fingerbone -- loosely based on Sandpoint, Idaho, where she grew up -- which Robinson lovingly and lyrically describes in detail. In the following interview excerpt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses her childhood in Idaho; East Coast impressions of the West; and writing Housekeeping.

Idaho native Marilynne Robinson reads from her most recent novel Home in the NEA pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival. Photo by Tom Roster

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