Fools by Joan Silber
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“Better” is the weakest in this worthwhile collection. Its connection to the others is tenuous.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD. “Emotionally, it’s astounding. ‘Linked’ doesn’t begin to describe the complex web Silber has woven. . . . Beautiful, intricate and wise.”—New York Times Book Review


When is it wise to be a fool for something? What makes people want to be better than they are? From New York to India to Paris, from the Catholic Worker movement to Occupy Wall Street, the characters in Joan Silber’s dazzling new story cycle tackle this question head-on.

Vera, the shy, anarchist daughter of missionary parents, leaves her family for love and activism in New York. A generation later, her own doubting daughter insists on the truth of being of two minds, even in marriage. The adulterous son of a Florida hotel owner steals money from his family and departs for Paris, where he takes up with a young woman and finds himself outsmarted in turn. Fools ponders the circle of winners and losers, dupers and duped, and the price we pay for our beliefs.


Fools is a luminous, intelligent, and rewarding work of fiction from the author for whom the Boston Globe said, "No other writer can make a few small decisions ripple across the globe, and across time, with more subtlety and power."

 

About Joan Silber

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Joan Silber is the author of six previous works of fiction. Among many awards and honors, she has won a PEN/Hemingway Award and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.
 
Published May 13, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Natalie Bakopoulos on Jul 26 2013

...a moving collection of six linked stories — though “linked” doesn’t begin to describe the complex web Silber has ­woven.

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Above average
on Feb 04 2013

“Better” is the weakest in this worthwhile collection. Its connection to the others is tenuous.

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