Biography

Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver is the author of the novel, LITTLE NOTHING, which was published in September 2016Her other novels include MARY COIN, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Fiction; THE GOD OF WAR, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction; and NO DIRECTION HOME. Her first collection of short stories, BABE IN PARADISE, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. When her second collection, ALONE WITH YOU, was published, the New York Times called her “one of California’s most celebrated contemporary writers.” Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in that magazine’s first “Debut Fiction” issue. Winner of the O. Henry Prize, her fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, as well as other anthologies.

Marisa Silver

Books by Marisa Silver

by Marisa Silver - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival, conceived in part by gypsy tonics and archaic prescriptions, stuns her parents and brings outrage and scorn from her community. Pavla has been born a dwarf, but as the years pass, she grows no farther than the edge of her crib. When her parents turn to the treatments of a local charlatan, his terrifying cure opens the floodgates of persecution for Pavla. LITTLE NOTHING unfolds across a lifetime of unimaginable, magical transformation in and out of human form, as an outcast girl becomes a hunted woman whose ultimate survival depends on the most startling transfiguration of them all.

by Marisa Silver - Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of a road in Central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting the migrant laborers who have taken to America’s farms in search of work. Little personal information is exchanged, and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced what will become the most iconic image of the Great Depression.