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Lakeview Lit Syndicate #41: Improvement

October's book club pick is Joan Silber's Improvement! We'll meet to discuss this rich novel on Monday, November 5th at 7PM. Complimentary wine and sweets from Vanille Patisserie will be served at 6:30 for those who wish to chat and unwind before the discussion.

About the book:

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. - Counterpoint

“[I]t feels vital to love Silber’s work. . . Now is the moment to appreciate that she is here, in our midst: our country’s own Alice Munro. Silber’s great theme as a writer is the way in which humans are separated from their intentions, by desires, ideas, time. . . Like Grace Paley and Lucia Berlin, she’s a master of talking a story past its easiest meaning; like Munro, a master of the compression and dilation of time, what time and nothing else can reveal to people about themselves.” —Washington Post

 

Improvement Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640091139
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 13th, 2018

Event date: 

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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