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The Size of the World

A Novel

Joan Silber (Author, Sarah Lawrence College)

Overview | Inside the Book

“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).

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33489-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

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

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

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