Improvement : a novel / Joan Silber.
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- ISBN: 9781619029606
- ISBN: 161902960X
- Physical Description: 227 pages ; 22 cm
- Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 
"A...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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Improvement : A Novel
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
In Silber's (Fools, 2013) latest, big events in characters' lives play out on a small stage in quiet and reflective ways. Reyna is concerned about the cigarette-smuggling scheme that her boyfriend, Boyd, is engaged in, since it involves crossing state lines which violates his parole. Her eccentric aunt, Kiki, who lived in Turkey for an extended period of time in the seventies, believes Boyd to be another mistake in a long line of men. When Reyna refuses to be a part of Boyd's scheme, the unintended consequences are far-reaching. Peeking into the lives of people momentarily connected to Reyna in New York City and Kiki in Turkey, Silber weaves together character studies that examine love, money (and how to get it,) and the ripple effects of choices made. Silber's decision to write events of great magnitudefrom everyday points of view lends realism and universality to her story. Fans of character-driven, literary fiction should be on the lookout for Improvement.--Sexton, Kathy Copyright 2017 Booklist
Library Journal Review
Improvement : A Novel
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As with her previous book, Fools, Silber's new novel is a collection of interconnected stories, in which the connections are not always initially apparent. The work opens from the perspective of Reyna, a young single mother in New York City whose African American boyfriend is doing time at Rikers. The narrative then passes to her Aunt Kiki, now a seemingly staid older woman living alone in the East Village, and recounts her youthful adventurous in Turkey, where she abandoned her middle-class Jewish existence to marry a Turkish rug salesman in Istanbul and later moved to his family's remote farm in rural Cappadocia. Later chapters move to members of Reyna's circle, those affected when her newly released boyfriend's Virginia-to-New York cigarette smuggling scheme goes awry, the German antiquities smugglers that Aunt Kiki meets in Turkey in the 1970s, and the adult daughter of two of the Germans in the present day. VERDICT The subtle ripple effects of individual choices and actions are eloquently portrayed through Silber's penetrating eye in this elegant and thought-provoking novel.-Lauren Gilbert, Sachem P.L., Holbrook, NY Â© Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Improvement : A Novel
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In her far-ranging latest, Silber (Fools) delivers a whirlwind narrative reminiscent of her compact story collections in novel form, with mixed results. Told in three parts and jumping back and forth from the 1970s to 2012, the multipronged story drops in on the lives of loosely connected individuals, all trying (and mostly failing) to improve their lot in some way. Reyna, a white single mother living in Harlem, is torn between staying loyal to her African-American boyfriend Boyd (after his three-month sentence at Rikers Island for selling weed) and getting more deeply involved in the interstate cigarette smuggling scheme Boyd hatched with his cousin and pals. When she pulls out of a smuggling run at the last minute, her decision sets off a chain reaction with dire consequences for one of Boyd's friends, his love interest left stranded in another state, and a truck driver. Add to that the backstory of Reyna's great-aunt Kiki's marriage to a Turkish rug seller turned farmer, the tangential stories of three German antiquities smugglers who stop by Kiki's farm for a night and leave a lasting impression, and a jump forward 30 years to find one of the German smugglers in the hospital dying of heart disease. With so many characters, it's a lot of ground to cover in little space, and some of the subplots lack the depth needed to make this a fully cohesive ensemble novel. (Nov.) Â© Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.