Joan Silber is the author of eight works of fiction. Among many awards and honors, she has won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.
New York, NY
Date of Birth:
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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Joan Silber’s stories charm us. And amuse us. And engage us. And move us. And even enlighten us. Fools embraces us all.
Fools is a wonderfully winning exploration of impetuousness in all of its appalling and appealing forms, and its deftly interconnected stories are devoted to those dreamers who act rashly out of their better natures, who never quit asking the world, Can’t you do better than that?—a question certain to become increasingly urgent as this twenty-first century progresses.
Fools is astonishing for its range, for its sweeping sense of time and place, and most especially for its deep insight into the way small choices can circle out to shape lives, and even human history. This is a beautiful book and an important literary achievement.
I loved Fools. The stories always surprised me, with the narratives unfolding as if in real time, and then turning unexpected in so many ways, twisting into stories that felt like remembered history, but with such added emotion that I thought about the characters for several days afterward as if they were here in my house.
“A sensory tour de force.” Caitlin Fitz, The AtlanticIn this intimate portrait of the painter
John Singleton Copley and his extraordinary times, award-winning Harvard historian Jane Kamensky gives “a wonderfully fresh and surprising perspective on the American Revolution” (Stephen ...
An evocative panorama of America...on the cusp of enormous change (Newsday) by the National Book
Award-winning author of Ship Fever.In the fall of 1916, America prepares for warbut in the community of Tamarack Lake, the focus is on the sick. ...
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/ThrillerWinner of the Edgar Award for
Best First NovelWhen an elderly recluse discovers a corpse on his land, Officer Henry Farrell is drawn into a murder investigation that might tear his ...
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.B. H. Fairchild's memory systems are the collective
vision of America's despairing dreamersfailed baseball players, oil field laborers, a surrealist priest, college boys at a burlesque theater, the last remaining cast members of ...
The #1 New York Times BestsellerWinner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book AwardIn his
extraordinary biography of the major political couple of the twentieth century, Joseph P. Lash reconstructs from Eleanor Roosevelt's personal papers her early life and four-decade ...
A powerful and affecting memoir––reminiscent of Sebald. Phlipp Meyer, author of American RustChain-smoking, peculiarly stylish,
stubborn, and eccentricVera and István were anything but ordinary grandparents. Sixteen years after their death, Johanna Adorján fills the gaps in ...
“A healing portrait drawn in epic ink strokes.”ElleWhen Belle Yang was forced to take refuge
in her parents’ home after an abusive boyfriend began stalking her, her father entertained her with stories of old China. The history she’d ignored while ...
The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the
invisible realm we carry around inside.“America’s funniest science writer” (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic ...