Alone with You: Stories


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Simon & Schuster
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5.69 X 8.41 X 0.44 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author

Marisa Silver is the author of the novel Little Nothing, published in September 2016. Her other novels include Mary Coin, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Bookseller's Award. The God of War, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and No Direction Home. Her first collection of short stories, Babe in Paradise was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. When her second collection, Alone With You was published, The New York Times called her "one of California's most celebrated contemporary writers." Her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies. She lives in Los Angeles. For more, visit


""Alone With You", a collection of wondrous stories by Marisa Silver, will endure. Each story shatters the commonplace with the telling detail that evokes crucial events in human lives. She is a real writer; the breath of life infuses her work." --Paula Fox, Newbery Medal-winning novelist and author of "Borrowed Finery: A Memoir"
""Alone with You" offers eight extraordinary portraits of life's tender humiliations as well as its sharp, rude jolts. Marisa Silver's virtuosic range seems endless, and yet her ear and heart are in each case mining for a precise kind of undoing: when the fog suddenly lifts and people manage stark contact with themselves, if only for a fleeting moment. These moments are brought to bear with deftness, compassion, and an eerie, unflinching grace." --Rachel Kushner, author of "Telex From Cuba"
"Marisa Silver's "Alone With You "is a triumph for the short story. Funny and surprising and unsentimental, the collection finds in dark situations a persuasive hope. Every story is striking both in its emotional complexity, and in the wry clarity with which it's told." --Maile Meloy, author of "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It"
"What makes Marisa Silver's portraits of contemporary American life so powerful is her unblinking gaze, her willingness to look imminent disaster straight in the eye. And what makes her characters unforgettable is the combination of bewilderment and resilience with which they navigate this precarious life. "Alone With You" is a beautiful collection: urgent, clear-sighted, wide-ranging, profound." --Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of "Ms. Hempel Chronicles"
"[In] "Alone With You", Marisa Silver explores the impact of collateral damage, whether sustained in war or life....brisk and keenly observed...Silver's characters manage somehow to emerge as credible realists, unafraid of the rigors of making do. Even in the darkest moments, their stories are illuminating as they find the courage to face who they are." --Jane Ciabattari, "O, The Oprah Magazine"
"Longing swells each of the eight stories in "Alone With You", as Silver investigates 'aloneness' and the dear and inevitable distance between people in loving relationships. These stories stand out because of their high tolerance for complexity, never opting for a single note. The situations here don't settle on the neat broad themes of loss or connection, but there are always surprises, nuances, changes of heart." --Ron Carlson, "Los Angeles Times"
"Marisa Silver tells eight quietly haunting tales about love, memory and making ends meet." --"The Wall Street Journal"
"The stories in "Alone With You" are portraits of everyday sorrows, but Silver keeps hope alive, even when it's on life support. Her characters often feel powerless, then discover what they can do....Silver makes clear with devastating simplicity, that tendency to change course works to our advantage...and passes it along to her characters with grace and insight as they grapple with change, revelation and the complexities of modern life. These are clear-eyed, unsentimental stories that resound with resilience." --Connie Ogle,"Between the Covers" book blog
"[E]ight beautiful and brutal stories...finely wrought...Silver infuses her characters with a fatalistic resilience that's revealed through tiny, perfect details." --"Publishers Weekly", starred review