Jennifer Reese
June 06, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Size of the World

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joan Silber
publisher
W.W. Norton
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

In six loosely linked narratives, Joan Silber — who won the PEN/Hemingway Award for her marvelous 1980 novel, Household Words — writes of men and women struggling to grasp the almost ungraspable size and variety of the world in The Size of the World. From the account of a nerdy American engineer who sets down roots in Bangkok with a Thai wife and her pushy extended family to the story of an uneducated Sicilian matron who reluctantly immigrates to New Jersey after World War II, this supple work of fiction beautifully illuminates that ”elusive connection between place and happiness.” B+

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