We probed a bit deeper into the musical affections of a "well-ordered" novelist — tastes that include Beethoven, Chopin, and Puccini but also Van Halen and Def Leppard. A light-hearted fiesta of conversation and sound.
Our guest has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned -- in the act of creating a new universe -- about God and about dilemmas of evil, doubt, and free will. The ultimate moral of any life and any event, she believes, only shows itself across generations. And so the novelist, like God, she says, paints with the brush of time.
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