On Balance by Robert Delaney
Philadelphia in the spotlight as a broken US searches for hope
- The often-overshadowed birthplace of America, and its distinctive accent, are back in the limelight thanks to British actress Kate Winslet
- After four tumultuous years under Donald Trump, the United States is a battered nation looking for hope in damaged characters trying to make things right
Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.