Joan Silber is the author of the story collection Fools, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her first novel, Household Words, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. She has published five other books of fiction, including Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She’s been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and her work has appeared in the Paris Review, The New Yorker, Agni, Ploughshares, Boulevard, and Epoch, among others. She teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
Are We the Butterfly or the Tornado?: Joan Silber’s “Improvement”
Tara Ison finds Joan Silber’s latest novel “Improvement” an astute, lyrical portrait of characters linked by their limits and their truths....