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Ideas of Heaven

Joan Silber

RRP: £9.99

1 September 2022

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781838956639

RRP: £7.99

1 September 2022

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781838956646

SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

Set in modern-day America and France, Renaissance Italy and Boxer Rebellion China, these stories embrace whole lifetimes, much in the manner of Alice Munro and William Trevor. Joan Silber skilfully and subtly ties one story to the next, as a minor element in one becomes a major element in the next, until the last is tied convincingly to the first. Intense in subject yet restrained in tone, they are about longings – often held for years – and the ways in which sex and religion can become parallel forms of dedication and comfort.

From a wannabe dancer in contemporary New York City to missionaries in China, Ideas of Heaven showcases Joan Silber’s extraordinary deftness as she illuminates love, faith and sex with great originality and profundity.

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