Ideas of Heaven

Ideas of Heaven

A Ring of Stories

Book - 2004 | 1st ed
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Supple and precise, these stories cover lifetimes, much in the manner of Alice Munro and William Trevor. Set in France, Italy, New York, and China, in the past and present, they are about longings--about how sex and religion become parallel forms of dedication and comfort. Though the stories stand alone, a minor element in one becomes major in the next. In "My Shape," a woman is taunted by her dance coach, who later suffers his own heartache. A Venetian poet of the 1500s, another storyteller, is introduced to a modern traveler reading Rilke. His story precedes a mesmerizing narrative of missionaries in China. In the final story, Giles, born to a priesthood family, leans toward Buddhism after a grievous loss, and in time falls in love with the dancer of the first story. So deft and subtle is Joan Silber with these various perspectives that we come full circle surprised and enchanted by her myriad worlds.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0393059081 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: FIC SILBER SS
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 22 cm

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