There are few contemporary novelists who can make the Christian faith seem so authentic as Robinson does in this novel. This is not a "Christian novel" in any traditional sense of the word, but it is told through the voice of an old minister nearing death who trusts his faith enough to voice his own misgivings. Robinson understands and uses the Cavlinist tradition (can you name another writer who quotes Barth and Calvin in a novel?) as a way to consider our own humanity. God's grace is not the issue -- it is how we handle it that is the central question.