'Motherland' Will Be a Familiar Place to Some
On The Point: a new novel by Paul Theroux might feel familiar to people from big families. Motherland is about an elderly matriarch, her seven adult children, and the battles they’re still fighting from childhood. The novel includes several episodes that happened in Theroux’s life, but the book is fiction, he says. At least partly. Elsa Partan sits in for Mindy Todd.