Synopses & Reviews
In My Other Life is grounded in New York, and Joan Silber's prose has all the traits of an urban sensibility: confidence, wit, individual style, and an emotional distance that keeps the despair of city life in perspective. Each story focuses on the surprising reversal that separates an old life from the new. And, recovering from the glories of bad habits in their twenties, Silber's people move through decades of sobering conclusions and elating accidents.
"'What Lasts,' a tale of volatile newlyweds, contains some of the book's most striking, skeptical writing, exemplary of the keen, expressive sense of the improbable, of dumb luck and ill luck, and of unlikely recovery that makes Silber's stories so warmly convincing." Publishers Weekly
"Silber's appropriately titled new collection features characters who lived recklessly in their young adulthood but have reached a middle age fraught with mundane problems and the typical issues raised by spouses and children....A nicely executed collection." Library Journal
"Silber excels at depicting friendship and the banter of people who work and hang out together, and her stories are ballads to the evolution of the rock 'n' roll life and to the good that comes from being open to experience." Booklist
"Joan Silber's characters have a hard-won wisdom that, after all, is afforded to them straight and true. The language of these wonderful stories is just that too, clean and sharp, funny and wise. I loved the various men and women and children the wounded, the hopeful, the uncertain, the lucky who people Silber's landscape." Jane Hamilton
"Joan Silber writes with wisdom, humor, grace, and wry intelligence. In her astonishing, unusual stories, characters who lived one life when they were young emerge, after metamorphoses almost Ovidian, bewildered and grateful in another. They bear with them welcome news of how we all survive." Andrea Barrett
A hip New Yorker confronts the accident of middle age.
About the Author
Silber has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.