We’ll be hearing a lot about Marilynne Robinson in the weeks to come, I imagine, as her long-awaited second novel Gilead will finally be released in November, according to Amazon. (Long-awaited = twenty-three years.) Also according to Amazon — related searches for “Marilynne Robinson” are “Alice Munro” and “Thisbe Nissen.” Robinson’s first novel, the acclaimed Housekeeping, reminded me very much of Alice Munro’s work. I wouldn’t have thought that Thisbe Nissen‘s readers would be in the same group. That bodes well for her.