After our last conversation at Robinson’s house, we grabbed a quick lunch. We sat under the awning of a sidewalk cafe beneath the very bright Iowa sun. A bride and groom, just married, posed for pictures out front. As the photographer encouraged the couple to adopt poses of gaiety, I asked Robinson if the reception of “Gilead” changed her self-perception. She paused.
“In a certain sense, I have experienced and continue to experience a kind of self-alienation,” she said. “There’s something about finding out that your interior life is acceptable to people on a wide scale that you simply have to make a revision of yourself. You think, What a surprise. The question of how private you are, how inward you are. All that seems suddenly to change when you find out that people are reading your stuff in China.”Can't wait to read her newest novel, Lila.