de Joan Silber
Sobre o livro
"Like Grace Paley and Lucia Berlin, shes a master of taking a story past its easiest meaning; like [Alice] Munro, a master of the compression and dilation of time... [Silber] has an American voice: silvery, within arms length of old cadences, but also limber, thieving, marked by occasional raids on slang and jargon, at ease both high and low, funny, tenderhearted, sharp. It gives her the rare ability to reach the deepest places in the plainest ways."Washington Post
One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that haveunexpected implications for the world around them.
Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isnt perfect, yet as she visits him throughout his three-month stint at Rikers Island, their bond grows tighter. Kiki, now settled in the East Village after a journey that took her to Turkey and around the world, admires her nieces spirit but worries that she always picks the wrong man. Little does she know that the otherwise honorable Boyd is pulling Reyna into a cigarette smuggling scheme, across state lines, where he could risk violating probation. When Reyna ultimately decides to remove herself for the sake of her four-year-old child, her small act of resistance sets into motion a tapestry of events that affect the lives of loved ones and strangers around them.
A novel that examines conviction, connection, and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss,Improvement is as intricately woven together as Kikis beloved Turkish rugs, as colorful as the tattoos decorating Reynas body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us. TheBoston Globe says of Joan Silber: "No other writer can make a few small decisions ripple across the globe, and across time, with more subtlety and power."Improvement is Silbers most shining achievement yet.