Fools

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Product Details

Price
$14.95
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
Pages
255
Dimensions
5.53 X 0.63 X 8.35 inches | 0.46 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393348897
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About the Author

JOAN SILBER is the author of eight books of fiction and the recipient of the 2018 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. The most recent, Improvement, is the winner of the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. and was listed as one of the year's best books by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Seattle Times, and Kirkus Reviews. Her previous book, Fools, was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Other works include The Size of the World, finalist for the LA Times Fiction Prize, and Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.

Reviews

Sly, graceful.
A wonderfully winning exploration of impetuousness in all of its appalling and appealing forms.--Jim Shepard
Silber deftly constructs whole, fully realized lives in just a few pages, and her use of first-person narratives gives these stories an intimate, confessional feeling, as if you've struck up a conversation with a particularly talkative stranger.
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.--Dan Chaon
Excellent...the pleasure of Ms. Silber's overlapping tales is that in all of them characters do something to surprise you.
So well made and pleasurable...[Silber] kicks ass.
Joan Silber is one of the wisest, finest, most capacious observers of the human condition writing now. We should all be as heartbreakingly foolish and beautiful as the characters in this collection. Silber understands them inside out, and brings them close to us, as no one else can.--Stacey D'Erasmo
A unique and fascinating collection...The collective vision this provokes is what makes the book intellectually satisfying, the separate lives it convincingly displays are what move the heart.--Antonya Nelson
Dazzling...written in elegant prose and with clairvoyant wisdom.--Lily Tuck
Great fiction...It is impossible not to be enthralled.--Christine Schutt