Biography

Marisa Silver

Marisa Silver made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she was featured in that magazine's first “Debut Fiction” issue. Her collection of short stories, BABE IN PARADISE, was published by W.W. Norton in 2001. That collection was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. In 2005, W.W. Norton published her novel, NO DIRECTION HOME. Her latest novel, THE GOD OF WAR, was published in 2008 by Simon and Schuster and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Her second collection of stories, ALONE WITH YOU, was published in April, 2010. Her new novel, MARY COIN, was published by Penguin/Blue Rider Press in March 2013. 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, Literary, Literary Fiction

In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a child called Pavla is born to peasant parents. Her arrival, fervently anticipated, stuns her parents and brings outrage and disgust from her community. Pavla has been born a dwarf. When her parents turn to the treatments of a local doctor and freak sideshow proprietor, his terrifying cure opens the floodgates of a persecution for Pavla. Woven throughout Pavla’s journey of transformation is Danilo, the young man entranced by Pavla and obsessed with protecting her.

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.