Ideas Of Heaven: A Ring Of Stories by Joan SilberIdeas Of Heaven: A Ring Of Stories by Joan Silber

Ideas Of Heaven: A Ring Of Stories

byJoan Silber

Paperback | May 10, 2005

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Intense in subject yet restrained in tone, these stories are about longings—often held for years—and the ways in which sex and religion can 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. National Book Award finalist. Reading group guide included.
Joan Silber is the author of six previous works of fiction. Among many awards and honors, she has won a PEN/Hemingway Award and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.
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Title:Ideas Of Heaven: A Ring Of StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:May 10, 2005Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:039332687X

ISBN - 13:9780393326871

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"These stories deftly create the ring promised in their subtitle, as major characters in one story reappear as minor players in another. . . . The stories are about rapturous love and devastating loss."