Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Storiesby Joan Silber
Intense in subject yet restrained in tone, these stories are about longingsoften held for yearsand the ways in which sex and religion can become parallel forms of
Shortlisted for the National Book Award: "Joan Silber writes with wisdom, humor, grace, and wry intelligence. Her characters bear welcome news of how we will survive."Andrea Barrett
Intense in subject yet restrained in tone, these stories are about longingsoften held for yearsand the ways in which sex and religion can become parallel forms of dedication and comfort. Though the stories stand alone, a minor element in one becomes major in the next. In "My Shape", a woman is taunted by her dance coach, who later suffers his own heartache. A Venetian poet of the 1500s, another storyteller, is introduced to a modern traveler reading Rilke. His story precedes a mesmerizing narrative of missionaries in China. In the final story, Giles, born to a priesthood family, leans toward Buddhism after a grievous loss, and in time falls in love with the dancer of the first story. So deft and subtle is Joan Silber with these various perspectives that we come full circle surprised and enchanted by her myriad worlds. National Book Award finalist. Reading group guide included.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Meet the Author
Joan Silber is the author of six previous works of fiction. Among many awards and honors, she has won a PEN/Hemingway Award and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.
- New York, NY
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- June 14, 1945
- Place of Birth:
- Newark, New Jersey
- B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1967; M.A., New York University, 1980
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