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One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in New York, 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 as she visits him throughout his three-month stint at Rikers Island, their bond grows tighter. Kiki, now settled in the East Village after a journey that took her to Turkey and around the world, admires her niece's spirit but worries that she always picks the wrong man. Little does she know that the otherwise honorable Boyd is pulling Reyna into a cigarette smuggling scheme, across state lines, where he could risk violating probation. When Reyna ultimately decides to remove herself for the sake of her four-year-old child, 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, 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
Publisher: [United States] : Counterpoint, 2017
ISBN: 9781619029712
Branch Call Number: eBook--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 04, 2019

A beautiful work of compelling literary fiction, Improvement recounts the stories of several characters connected by their relationship to Reyna, a single mother living in New York City. The first and last chapters are narrated by Reyna in an honest, intelligent voice. The theme of the book is love. By the end of the book even lost love has the power to transform.

Aug 05, 2018

Very well organized, really more a collection of closely linked stories than novel; good (but not very good) writing; stories unwind at a frenetic pace; a cynical look at middle America's values of sex and money; shallow and callous; juvenile, more young adult than adult audience.

Jul 07, 2018

This is a great novel. Weaving together the stories of three people with the connecting theme of Turkey and rugs, Silber takes us on a journey as different people who have been connected however loosely go about their lives and find happiness.

May 06, 2018

I stopped reading this book about ten pages before the end due to boredom.

Mar 24, 2018

Turkish rugs and unexpected connections thread through the loosely connected stories and people in Silber’s book. Author compared to Alice Munro, which sets expectations very high and left me disappointed. Good writing, but too many threads in such a short book. No tension. Nothing tying stories together. You just come to the end.

Mar 22, 2018

Pleasant, interconnecting characters moving through time, geography, and generation.
A light and enjoyable read.

Mar 22, 2018

After reading a review of this newest Joan Silber novel I was intrigued and requested it, and read it. The novel jumps or leaps from person to person, from place to place--mostly Istanbul and New York city, and from past time to more present. But the tone of warmth, wit, a bit of irony, and care for the difficulties of her characters remains constant.
I read it with pleasure, eagerly awaiting the next twist, the next landing place, and the next revelation of plot or character. Also, a central character is a single mother, and I was one, so this offered a easy identity. This woman, Reyna, is never tragic or pathetic, but simply trying to make a life for herself and her kid, and looking for love and connection, which she finds and loses.
Read and enjoy.


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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 04, 2019

He couldn't guess how much I'd missed him. Maybe he could. There was no hope of ever being with him again - not a particle of likelihood - so why was I so gone with joy at the sight of him?


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