LINK: I'll go Jody Bottum one better here:

...And what Marilynne Robinson is going to think of being called conservative, I can’t wait to hear, since, in her essays, she seems to invest a great deal of self-esteem in assuring her readers how liberal she is.

Not just in her essays. Gilead is a quintessentially liberal novel in its outlook. It is, after all, a book about the mistakes parents make, and its great tragedy is that Gilead (the town) is too close-minded to offer Jack (one of the children) sanctuary when he needs it most.

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