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Joan Silber is the author of three previous books. She won the PEN/Hemingway Award for her first novel, HOUSEHOLD WORDS, and has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, the Paris Review, and other magazines. She lives in New York City and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Genres: Literary Fiction
   Household Words (1980)
   In the City (1987)
   Lucky Us (2001)
   The Size of the World (2008)
   Improvement (2017)
   Secrets of Happiness (2021)
   In My Other Life (2000)
   Ideas of Heaven (2004)
   Fools (2013)
Novellas and Short Stories
   As Long as It Takes (2023)
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (2004) : Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2014) : Fools
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book winner (2018) : Improvement

Joan Silber recommends
Terrace Story (2023)
Hilary Leichter
"Terrace Story is brilliantly inventive, enchanting, disturbing, beautiful, and unlike anything I've ever read. I loved what it does with time--gone and not gone, lost and found where we never put it. Really extraordinary."
The Apology (2023)
Jimin Han
"What a superb story this is, unweaving the tangle of family history - and the wrongheaded honor that has walled out love - as this remarkable novel moves from the unguessable to the expansively imagined. It's a maze of leaps - across boundaries beyond the known - as one woman grapples with the impossible question of how wrongs can be righted. A memorable and wonderfully original book."
No Two Persons (2023)
Erica Bauermeister
"What a joy to see the separate parts of No Two Person leap across time to build its terrific story. When the tragic life of a writer's brother fires the novel she's always wanted to write, its path in the world is beyond what we could guess. I loved the power this plot gives to reading itself, that dear and vital realm of our experience."
I Could Live Here Forever (2023)
Hanna Halperin
"A superb, uncynical novel about the innocence of unsustainable love - a wonderfully haunting and memorable book."
The Home for Wayward Girls (2023)
Marcia Bradley
"The Home for Wayward Girls is a searing and triumphant novel. In a story of riveting suspense, it chronicles the twisting struggles of a resourceful and remarkable daughter and the long powers of abuse. Insightful and wonderful to read, this is a book that will make its mark."
Trust (2022)
Hernán Diaz
"What a joy this is to read, suspenseful at every turn, the work of a rare and impressive talent. Diaz has once again taken apart an American myth and pondered how we lie to ourselves."

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