Babe in Paradise by Marisa Silver
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Although all the characters in Babe in Paradise live in Los Angeles, none of them partake of the glamour and success that mark the city. Marisa Silver's characters -- a community-college teacher, an equipment-rental store manager, a limousine driver, and a struggling actress among them -- live on the periphery of the city's allure. Babe of the title story must confront the complete dissolution of her past when a fire threatens to engulf the hillside house she and her mother share. A car-jacking forces the young husband and wife of "What I Saw from Where I Stood" to confront the loss of a child and the way in which this loss has reshaped their marriage.The unforgettable characters in Babe in Paradise dwell in the Los Angeles of seismic geological change, of racial unease, of parched desert landscapes littered with the detritus of urban ambition. Silver has a genius for making us care deeply about her characters, their everyday desperations and hard-won hopes.
 

About Marisa Silver

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Marisa Silver made her fictional debut in "The New Yorker". She has previously worked as a feature film director & lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published July 1, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One of the standouts here, “The Missing,” shows Marianna, a scientist picking over the bones of the past at the La Brea Tar Pits, and her brother Julian, a junkie living on the celebrity fringe, watching in confusion as their usually reticent mother, Dora, decides to give lectures about her survi...

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Silver sets her oblique, atmospheric tales against the backdrop of a sprawling Los Angeles in this uneven but promising first short story collection. Many of the nine stories are equipped with pain

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In Marisa Silver's disquieting first collection of short stories, trouble comes thick and fast: wildfire, carjacking, robbery, drug addiction, panic disorder.

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Publishers Weekly

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Silver sets her oblique, atmospheric tales against the backdrop of a sprawling Los Angeles in this uneven but promising first short story collection.

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AV Club

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The nine short stories in Marisa Silver's debut collection Babe In Paradise all take place in the crumbling neighborhoods of a Los Angeles that hasn't lived up to the expectations of her morose, anxious characters, and all nine are summed up by titles that resonate with multiple meanings and impl...

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Entertainment Weekly

People living in the shadows of Los Angeles glamour -- retired stuntmen, limo drivers, bartenders -- populate nine atmospheric stories by filmmaker Silver.

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