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The Size of the World

A Novel

Joan Silber


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“A sublime and humane jigsaw puzzle of a novel.” —Boston Globe

An intricate web of crossed paths and enlightening journeys teach each of Joan Silber’s characters something about “the size of the world” in this richly imagined novel. A National Book Award finalist for her last book, Silber here addresses the timeless topics of love, loss, yearning, and forgiveness. She “does brilliant justice to the many ways we have of being human” (Seattle Times) and “offers a dizzying array of insights as she cuts back and forth between stories set in the U.S. and Asia” (Chicago Tribune).

Praise For The Size of the World: A Novel

Starred Review. In Silber’s magnificent fiction . . . the characters’ lifetimes pass with a page-turning effortlessness that belies their intense, moving depths.
— Publishers Weekly

Silber allows readers to see life as intimately knowable yet essentially mysterious.
— Howard Norman - Washington Post

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393334890, 348pp.

Publication Date: June 22, 2009

About the Author

Joan Silber is the author of eight works of fiction. Among many awards and honors, she has won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.