The Size of the World:
by Joan Silber
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Love comes in for a thrashing in Joan Silber’s sixth book, The Size of the World, a collection of loosely connected stories. Women struggle under the curse of commitment: pining for an unrequited love, taking up with bad boys, compromising reluctantly, being paid for companionship. Most of the men are restless, emotionally dwarfed souls, skittish about settling down and forced by economic circumstance or post-traumatic lethargy to whittle down their notions of independence. When Silber does create a good guy, he gets jilted or dies.
These first-person narratives cover whole adult lives in fifty to eighty pages, as the protagonists find themselves abroad by choice, fate, or political accident—but remain essentially visitors, no matter how long they stay. “Zain had been right all along,” says Corinna, in “
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