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What Are We Doing Here?

By: Marilynne Robinson
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
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Publisher's summary

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 Ralph Waldo Emerson and Alexis de Tocqueville, inform our political consciousness or discussing how 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 American political and cultural life as "deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theater of heroic generosity, which, despite all, is sometimes palpable still."

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of Most Exciting New Books of 2018.

©2018 Marilynne Robinson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Carrington MacDuffie brings her vocal skills and narrative art to this remarkable collection of Robinson's essays.... MacDuffie's elegant intonation comes through in these challenging and thought-provoking works.... Robinson's brilliance illuminates this audiobook, and she could have no better narrator than MacDuffie." (AudioFile)