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Improvement

A Novel

by Joan Silber

Improvement by Joan Silber X
Improvement by Joan Silber
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    Nov 2017, 256 pages

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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.

The opening paragraph of Joan Silber's Improvement is enough to suck you in: "Everyone knows this can happen. People travel and they find places they like so much they think they've risen to their best selves just by being there. They feel distant from everyone at home who can't begin to understand. They take up with beautiful locals of the opposite sex, they settle in, they get used to how everything works, they make homes. But maybe not forever. I had an aunt who was such a person."

There. Now, go back and reread this beauty. The key sentence if you missed it — "I had an aunt who was such a person" — is tucked in at the very end, and is said by Reyna, a young woman in New York City. It is a hint of what it is to come: a novel about tangential connections and relationships swirling in and out of people's lives, where the direct focus of the reader's ...

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