"Novels are political not because writers carry party cards — some do, I do not — but because good fiction is about identifying with and understanding people who are not necessarily like us. By nature all good novels are political because identifying with the other is political. At the heart of the ‘art of the novel’ lies the human capacity to see the world through others’ eyes. Compassion is the greatest strength of the novelist."
New York Times Book Review, "By the Book," Nov. 11, 2012