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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)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Original edition (June 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393334899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393334890
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,130,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jean Brandt on August 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Silber's novel, told in a series of short stories, brilliantly does just what the title promises.
The size of the world expands and contracts through the voices of Silber's characters. With great skill Silber weaves the lives of her characters together in such a way that, what reads like a collection of short stories, evolves into a connection which makes for a wonderful novel.
Told in the first person, each character becomes a personality in their own right, inhabiting their own geological location and their own era, yet Silber manages to connect one with another.
A wonderful story....beautifully told !
This book came to me through LibraryThing Early Reviewer's program. Being able to "preview" ARC copies is so much fun, it helps so much to be able to pass on "word of mouth" recommendations. This book gets a big thumbs up !
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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. The settings seemed to be very well-researched and believable, although I thought there was one minor inaccuracy in the description of G-forces inside an airplane. Even though the narrative voice shifts with each story, a consistent style runs through the entire book, and repeated themes and situations provide a nice organic cohesion beyond that provided by the peripheral connections among the characters (a device that can easily become a gimmick in the wrong hands but works well here).
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A novel of interwoven lives, generations, and cultures, from rural Mexico to Bangkok to Sicily under Mussolini to Key West. I feared it would be preachy but it is a better novel, more nuanced, than I expected it to be. Four stars.
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