Improvement

Improvement

Book - 2017
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"One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in Harlem, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them. Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isn't perfect, yet she sees him through a three-month stint at Riker's Island, their bond growing tighter. Kiki, now settled in the East Village after a youth that took her to Turkey and other far- off places--and loves--around the world, admires her niece's spirit but worries that motherhood to four-year-old Oliver might complicate a difficult situation. Little does she know that Boyd is pulling Reyna into a smuggling scheme, across state lines, violating his probation. When Reyna takes a step back, 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, repayment, and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss, Improvement is as intricately woven together as Kiki's beloved Turkish rugs, as colorful as the tattoos decorating Reyna's body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us. 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," and Improvement is Silber's most shining achievement"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, [2017]
ISBN: 9781619029606
161902960X
Branch Call Number: F SILBE-J
Characteristics: 227 pages ; 22 cm

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EmilyEm
Mar 24, 2018

Turkish rugs and unexpected connections thread through the loosely connected stories and people in Silber’s book. Author compared to Alice Munro, which sets expectations very high and left me disappointed. Good writing, but too many threads in such a short book. No tension. Nothing tying stories together. You just come to the end.

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laphampeak
Mar 22, 2018

Pleasant, interconnecting characters moving through time, geography, and generation.
A light and enjoyable read.

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