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A Talk With Paul Theroux About ‘Mother Land’ 15

Paul Theroux is one of America’s foremost travel writers. And he’s also an accomplished novelist. He joins us to talk about his latest work of fiction, which centers on a brood of siblings doing their best to free themselves from the grip of an overbearing mother. The book is called “Mother Land” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Paul Theroux on … 

… drawing inspiration from his own life: 

“I think I became a writer because my family was dysfunctional … Writing is an act of rebellion. People who write are writing to prove a point, to show who they are, to mark out their territory. And so they do it in defiance of a parent, often. And I suppose in my case it was that too.”