Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Fiction - 250 pages
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Supple and precise, these stories cover lifetimes, much in the manner of Alice Munro and William Trevor. Set in France, Italy, New York, and China, in the past and present, they are about longings--about how sex and religion become parallel forms of dedication and comfort.
 

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User Review  - JenneB - LibraryThing

I don't usually like short stories, because they often leave me feeling unsatisfied. But these each covered many years of a person's life, and that and the connections among them gave much more of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - amyjmerrick - LibraryThing

This collection of linked stories covers a wide range of voices, places and time periods, but the pieces are connected through their reappearing characters and their twin preoccupations of sex and ... Read full review

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Contents

MY SHAPE
13
THE HIGH ROAD
35
GASPARA STAMPA
65
ASHES OF LOVE
97
IDEAS OF HEAVEN
143
THE SAME GROUND
200
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Joan Silber teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

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