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The Size of the World

(2008)
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Love and family loyalty meet up with the allure of far-off vistas in elegant new fiction by an acclaimed novelist.

A richly imagined novel--set in wartime Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, Sicily, and contemporary America--about men and women whose jolting encounters with the unfamiliar force them to realize how many "riffs there are to being human." Travelers, colonials, immigrants, and returned ex-pats meet or pass one another in narratives spanning lifetimes.

In the book's opening, an engineer in Vietnam is shaken to discover why his company's planes are getting lost. A modern marriage between a Thai Muslim and an American woman leads to a terrible family fight. In 1920s Siam a young woman experiences the colonial stance of her tin-prospecting brother. The last section returns the brother to the States, older now but ever in love with Asian women.

Love, loss, yearning, self-delusion, and forgiveness are here in ways fresh and surprising. And in the tradition of E. M. Forster, seeing the size of the world changes the meaning of home-sickness for all the characters.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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May 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Size of the World: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 0-393-05909-X / 978-0-393-05909-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Size of the World: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
ISBN: 0-393-33489-9 / 978-0-393-33489-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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June 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Size of the World: A Novel
Author(s): Joan Silber
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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