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Marisa Silver's Thoughtful Fable 'Little Nothing'

Author Marisa Silver's Little Nothing
Graduate Writing Faculty Member Marisa Silver Debuts New Novel to Rave Reviews

A New York Times Editor’s Choice after its release in early September, Little Nothing, the latest offering from Marisa Silver, senior lecturer in the Graduate Writing program, has been garnering national attention and praise.

"Silver’s storytelling tactics are finely matched to her themes, with her book’s structure frequently mimicking the dreamlike movements of memories and fables," praised a recent New York Times review.  Little Nothing is "...a powerful exploration of the relationship between our changeable bodies and our just as malleable identities."  

Silver is currently on tour with Little Nothing, although Peter Gadol, Chair of Graduate Writing gave us his thoughts on the celebrated writer.

"What's remarkable about Marisa Silver's writing is that with each book she invents a new world—this is especially evident with Little Nothing—but at the same time, her voice remains consistently lean and direct. She can observe human behavior with empathy and acuity, with such memorable details," said Gadol. "It's no surprise then that our graduate students find her workshop approach to be ever thoughtful and caring, both candid and generous." 

Silver's previous novels include Mary Coin,  No Direction Home and, finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The God of War.  In addition to two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You, her work has appeared in The New Yorker and is included in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies. 

Upcoming Engagements 

10/15 Cincinnati, OH
Books by the Banks Festival

10/17 Detroit, MI
Metro-Detroit Book & Author Luncheon

10/18 Winnetka, IL
The Book Stall with Elizabeth Taylor

10/19 Iowa City, IA
Praire Lights Books

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