Roxana Robinson

©2010 David Ignaszewski / Koboy

The giant online marketer Amazon and the international publisher Hachette  are fighting over the book business. But writers—the people who make books, may not get much of that fight.

Conrad Farrell is just home from Iraq. A 26-year-old graduate of Williams College, he had surprised his family when he joined the Marines. Now he's surprised at how impossible life seems back home.

Conrad is the protagonist of Roxana Robinson's newest novel Sparta. WSHU's Mark Herz spoke to her about it.