Starred Review. War, love and culture shock take various forms, but the size of the world, in Silber's magnificent fiction, is often no larger than the distance to the person in bed beside you. Like NBA finalist Ideas of Heaven (2005), Silber's sixth work of fiction consists of interlinked stories where minor or passing characters in one piece become the narrators of others, roaming from WWII Sicily to roaring '20s Siam, and from Vietnam-era Mexico to 9/11-era Bloomington, Ind. All six stories turn on the tensions between home, exile and otherness, but to follow any of the threads would be to give away the subtle connections among the characters, from a male Sicilian-American postcolonialist professor from Hoboken to a Florida woman named Kit who can sum up an old boyfriend as the sort of boy who seemed startled when having sex. At the time his awe and confusion were endearing. The frankness of Silber's characters is deliciously at odds with the delicacy of their observations as they absorb children, affairs, fractured and repaired families and early death in environments familiar and alien to them. The characters' many lifetimes pass with a page-turning effortlessness that belies their intense, moving depths. (June)
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“Silber allows readers to see life as intimately knowable yet essentially mysterious.” (Howard Norman - Washington Post)
“Starred Review. In Silber’s magnificent fiction . . . the characters’ lifetimes pass with a page-turning effortlessness that belies their intense, moving depths.” (Publishers Weekly)
A novel of interwoven lives, generations, and cultures, from rural Mexico to Bangkok to Sicily under Mussolini to Key West. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Daming Bai
The format of loosely connected short stories that vary by geography and time period is similar to that of her earlier book, Ideas of Heaven. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Miles