Improvement by Joan Silber

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Read Improvement Online Free - One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing 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.
A novel that examines conviction, connection, repayment, and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss, Improvement is as intricately woven together as Kiki's beloved Turkish rugs, as colorful as the tattoos decorating Reyna's body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us. The Boston Globe said -No other writer can make a few small decisions ripple across the globe, and across time, with more subtlety and power, - and Improvement is Silber's most shining achievement.

Title : Improvement
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ISBN : 161902960X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Jill rated it ★★★★★

July 24, 2017

In chaos theory, it is said that if a butterfly flutters its wings, a typhoon can ultimately occur halfway around the world. Put another way, even the smallest step changes lives immeasurably. And so it is in this satisfying new novel by Joan Silber. Reyna is involved with a petty thief named Boyd...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2017

The butterfly effect ably displayed in literary form. We start with an aunt, KiKi, who has had a varied life, but is now living fairly close to her neice, Reyna. Reyna has a young son, but visits her boyfriend who is serving a short term at Rikers. When he gets out, he and his friends, hatch a mo...

switterbug (Betsey) rated it ★★★★★

November 07, 2017

IMPROVEMENT is a novel, mostly centered in New York, but also Berlin and Turkey, about people trying to improve their lives, despite the small or catastrophic tragedies that changed their position or outlook. The people in Silber’s cast are either related to each other by family; their circumstan...

Carol rated it ★★★★☆

November 27, 2017

Definitely well-written but I had a difficult time staying with it. I had a difficult time staying with the changing characters. I realize the disparate characters were the point of the story, but still.

Cherise rated it ★★★★☆

December 06, 2017

A novel of interconnected stories. Lovely.

Chaya rated it ★★★☆☆

November 28, 2017

In this novel of interconnected stories, each chapter represents the point of view of another character, and all are connected in some way by action or relationship. Silber's theme of the interconnectedness and long-range consequences of our actions on other's lives is played out here among the s...

Marissa rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

What a gem. Loved this book.

Kerfe rated it ★★★★☆

November 29, 2017

I won this book on Goodreads. A series of interrelated stories that all spin off from the characters and situations introduced in the first one, the author's underlying theme seems to be that all of our actions and interactions, however inconsequential they may seem, have ramifications far beyond...

Cflack rated it ★★★★☆

December 05, 2017

I love Joan Silber’s writing. “Improvement” is a beautifully written intricate novel with tenuous connections that deepen the poignancy and emotions of the multiple narrative threads. Three women’s voices form the core of the narrative – Reyna, a young single mother in Manhattan, Kiki her aunt wh...

Alesa rated it ★★★★☆

December 08, 2017

A very entertaining (if not exactly earth-shattering) read. A young East Coast Jewish single mother has a boyfriend in prison, and an aunt who spent many years during the 1970's in Turkey. The novel flutters back and forth between these (and way too many other) characters, in something like a seri...

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