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From the Publisher
Marisa Silver dazzled and inspired readers with her critically
acclaimed The God of War (a Los Angeles Times Book Prize
finalist), praised by Richard Russo as "a novel of great
metaphorical depth and beauty." In this elegant, finely wrought new
collection, Alone With You, Silver has created eight
indelible stories that mine the complexities of modern
relationships and the unexpected ways love manifests itself. Her
brilliantly etched characters confront life's abrupt and unsettling
changes with fear, courage, humor, and overwhelming grace.
In the O. Henry Prize-winning story "The Visitor," a VA hospital
nurse's aide contends with a family ghost and discovers the ways in
which her own past haunts her. The reticent father in "Pond" is
confronted with a Solomonic choice that pits his love for his
daughter against his feelings for her young son. In "Night Train to
Frankfurt," first published in The New Yorker, a daughter
travels to an alternative-medicine clinic in Germany in a gambit to
save her mother's life. And in the title story, a woman vacations
in Morocco with her family while contemplating a decision that will
both ruin and liberate them all.
From "Temporary," where a young woman confronts the ephemeral
nature of companionship, to "Three Girls," in which sisters trapped
in a snowstorm recognize the boundaries of childhood, the nuanced
voices of Alone With You bear the hallmarks of an instant
classic from a writer with unerring talent and imaginative
resource. Silver has the extraordinary ability to render her
fictional inhabitants instantly relatable, in all their
imperfections. Her stories have the singular quality of looking in
a mirror. We see at once what is familiar and what is strange. In
these stirring narratives, we meet ourselves anew.