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A Talk With Paul Theroux About ‘Mother Land’

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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.”