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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (September 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393323846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393323849
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From The New Yorker

This collection of stories is set in the city of angels, but Silver's stuntmen and limo drivers, living in the shadow of Hollywood, would count themselves lucky to catch just a glimpse of paradise.
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker

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Magnificent....[Silver's] writing stings, but the pain is good. -- Village Voice

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on May 6, 2005
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I thought I was getting thought provoking, creative stories centered on Los Angeles's underbelly with this book. The stories are rather disjointed at times and appear not to have any purpose at all. The characters are well developed and they were strikingly real and compelling at times, but the uneven writing sort of made them loose their sparkle. Out of the nine stories, only "Gunsmoke" and "Two Criminals" somewhat captured me. The others didn't do it for me. If you are a lover of short stories like I am, you'd want to see whether or not this one is a hit or a miss. To me, Babe in Paradise was a miss...
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By M. cornlelius on November 14, 2008
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I absolutely loved this book and everything this bright new author has written. She is a marvelous writer with a fresh voice. I especially loved her novel, "The God of Wars". If you enjoy Richard Russo, Roxanna Robinson or Wally Lamb, this is the book and the author for you.
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This book is really good because it tells a story of 9 different stories of characters in the book. As you read along it will make you feel very connected with character.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ml on August 31, 2010
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I rated this seller earlier and did so not knowing that the item had shipped and arrived while I was out of town. All is well
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More About the Author

Marisa Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in that magazine's first "Debut Fiction" issue. Her collection of short stories, BABE IN PARADISE was published by W.W. Norton in 2001. That collection was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. In 2005, W.W. Norton published her novel, NO DIRECTION HOME. Her novel, THE GOD OF WAR, was published in 2008 by Simon and Schuster and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Her collection of stories, ALONE WITH YOU, was published by Simon and Schuster in2010. Her novel, MARY COIN, will be published by Penguin/blue rider press in 2013. .Winner of the O. Henry Prize, her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies. To find out more, please visit marisasilver.com.

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