Joan Silber’s latest novel, Improvement, had The Washington Post claim her as America’s own Alice Munro. A beautifully rendered magical mystery ride across centuries, cultures and continents, it poses the questions: Which of our choices (intended or not) have consequences over time? How fixable is the irrevocable? Improvement introduces us to a glorious patchwork of portraits, a disparate, delightful ensemble that we follow along their ultimately interwoven trajectories, linked by their limits and their truths, and the destinies they have worked so hard to construct.
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Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction. Her 2013 novel Fools was long-listed for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and her 2019 novel, Improvement, won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Joan lives in New York and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.
Tali Lavi is a writer and reviewer whose work has appeared in publications including Australian Book Review, Sydney Review of Books, Overland and The Melbourne Review. She is Co-Director of Programming at Melbourne Jewish Book Week.