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Joan Silber

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About the Author

Joan Silber teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.
Image credit: Joan Silber (center) at the post-ceremony
reception at 3rd annual Story Prize
Copyright © 2007 Ron Hogan

Obras por Joan Silber

Improvement (2017) 355 exemplares
Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories (2004) 200 exemplares
Secrets of Happiness (2021) 154 exemplares
The Size of the World (2008) 121 exemplares
Fools: Stories (2013) 117 exemplares
Household Words: A Novel (1980) 82 exemplares
Lucky Us (2001) 41 exemplares
In the City (1987) 28 exemplares
In My Other Life: Stories (2000) 12 exemplares
Ideas of Heaven (2022) 1 exemplar
Evolution 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015) — Contribuidor — 226 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



"Who knew where happiness came from? Well, actually, there were theories. In the Buddhism my father sometimes followed you heard arguments on the vanity of grasping for happiness. Whatever you ran after and clung to was destined to slip out of your hands, melt like snow, dissolve into thin air. What could be more obvious? The truth of impermanence was somehow a cheering idea to my father...he believed in freedom, my father." p. 218

The book is divided into seven chapters each focused on one character in this tale of two Manhattan families and their extended lovers and friends, told in the first person each time. Occasionally, I would forget who my character was but always enjoyed reading about them. The tension is good, the writing is clear and competent, and I would race to continue each night enjoying the through line of Cambodia or Thailand or elsewhere in Asia visited by the characters.… (mais)
featherbooks | 6 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
[b:The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes|6478867|The Art of Time in Fiction As Long as It Takes|Joan Silber|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312028907s/6478867.jpg|6670083]is a craft book for authors, but Silber also has a stellar book list with descriptions of the use of time in fiction. Even without concern for how to use time in a novel or short story, you could read the titles in her bibliography and know what good writing is all about. What a list! From Chekhov's "The Darling" to Henry James ("The Beast in the Jungle"), some Proust and deMaupassant, all the way to Denis Johnson and Alice Munro and Arundhati Roy. Many short stories are included but novels as well. There are translations from Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French and Italian. There are books I have never heard of (Ya Hua's To Live) and short stories I've missed, even a challenge or two such as [b:The Diary Of Soren Kierkegaard|281664|The Diary Of Soren Kierkegaard|Søren Kierkegaard|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347742527s/281664.jpg|273239]The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard. I want to jump into a hammock with this list and forget my current fiction pickups at the library. Her clarity and love of literature underlies an informative and helpful discussion of time as it is handled in story, how it is slowed down or speeded up, or circular or fabulously upended but, quoting Kierkegaard, "life can only be understood backward but has to be lived forward." Any which way it moves in time, read Silber's succinct thoughts and explore her bibliography.… (mais)
featherbooks | 5 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
To read: intrigued by the review in the NYTBR.
TeresaBlock | 6 outras críticas | Feb 14, 2023 |
This started out as a 5 star book with a really interesting story, and then kept switching characters, each who had less interesting and compelling stories than the last. All of them had a mild connection with each other, but I just wanted the story of the book that I started reading. I see in the acknowledgments section that each chapter originally was published in different magazines as a short story, and that's exactly what this book felt like.
notbucket24 | 6 outras críticas | Oct 2, 2022 |



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