Joan Silber

Joan Silber is an American author known for her novels and short stories. Her writing often explores complex characters and their relationships over long periods of time. Silber has received critical acclaim for her work, including the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction.


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  1. 1. Improvement

    "Improvement" is a novel that explores the interconnectedness of human lives across time and space. It tells the story of a single mother in New York who is drawn into a smuggling scheme with her Turkish boyfriend, which has far-reaching consequences. The narrative then branches out to tell the stories of the people indirectly affected by her actions, including her aunt, a truck driver, and a couple in Germany. The novel is a meditation on the ways in which our actions, both big and small, can have a ripple effect on the lives of others.