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Improvement

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book
One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them.

Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn't perfect; yet she sees him through a three-month stint at Riker's Island, their bond growing tighter. Kiki, now settled in the East Village after a youth that took her to Turkey and other far-off places - and loves - around the world, admires her niece's spirit but worries that motherhood to four-year-old Oliver might complicate a difficult situation. Little does she know that Boyd is pulling Reyna into a smuggling scheme across state lines, violating his probation. When Reyna takes a step back, her small act of resistance sets into motion a tapestry of events that affect the lives of loved ones and strangers around them.

A novel that examines conviction, connection, repayment, and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss, Improvement is as intricately woven together as Kiki's beloved Turkish rugs, as colorful as the tattoos decorating Reyna's body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us.

Genre: General Fiction

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February 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: Improvement
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-911630-06-7 / 978-1-911630-06-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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November 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Improvement: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-61902-960-X / 978-1-61902-960-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Improvement
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-911630-07-5 / 978-1-911630-07-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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February 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Improvement
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-911630-27-X / 978-1-911630-27-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
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August 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Improvement: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-64009-113-0 / 978-1-64009-113-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
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Audio Editions

November 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Improvement Lib/E
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-5384-7373-9 / 978-1-5384-7373-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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November 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Improvement: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-5384-7374-7 / 978-1-5384-7374-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


November 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Improvement: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 1-5384-7375-5 / 978-1-5384-7375-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Improvement: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   


November 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Improvement: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2019 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: Improvement
Author(s): Joan Silber
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Improvement
Author(s): Joan Silber
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Availability: Amazon UK   


November 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Improvement: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon CA