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This collection of interconnected stories begins with the anarchist daughter of missionaries in Manhattan who runs away to be an activist and ends with a wealthy young adulterer in Paris who is outsmarted by the object of his desire.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393088700
Branch Call Number: SILBER J
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 19, 2014

Fools by Joan Silber is a wonderful surprise. Short stories loosely intertwine to give the reader a depth of experience in reading not just an individual story but the book as a whole. Themes include personal growth (and facing one's own demons), living life on life's terms, anarchy, spirituality, parenthood, and opening to the unknown. Highly recommended for those who enjoy clear writing and complex characters who discover the sacredness of the ordinary.

quagga Nov 21, 2013

The six finely-crafted stories about anarchists explore our better natures and our worst. New York Marxists in the 1920s, conscientious objectors imprisoned during WWII, the Occupy Wall Street movement -- I love the way they are all loosely interconnected, with characters and places from one story popping up tangentially in another.


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