“Slander” is the story of Robinson’s strained relationship with her mother. “With a little difficulty we finally reached an accommodation, an adult friendship,” she writes. “Then she started watching Fox News.”
Robinson seems more than a little like her character, the Rev. Robert Boughton, whom I described in my review of her novel Home as "self-righteous and self-centered." She is, after all, talking about her mother here. She may say that “democracy is my aesthetics and my ethics and more or less my religion,” but for her democracy and religion seem to be defined in a strictly partisan manner.