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Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories (2004) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Set in France, Italy, New York, and China, in past and present, these stories cover lifetimes, much in the manner of Alice Munro and William Trevor. Intense in subject yet calm in tone, they are about longing - often held for years - and the ways sex and religion become parallel forms of dedication and comfort.

As the stories move along, a minor element in one turns major in the next. In "My Shape" a woman is taunted by her dance coach, who later suffers his own heartache. A Venetian poet of the 1500s, another storyteller, is introduced to a modern traveler reading Rilke. His story precedes a mesmerizing narrative of missionaries in China. In the final story, Giles, born to a priesthood family, leans toward Buddhism after a grievous loss, and in time falls in love with the dancer of the first story.
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- My Shape
- The High Road
- Gaspara Stampa
- Ashes of Love
- Ideas of Heaven
- The Same Ground

Original title: Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

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Edition #1: Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories

Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "In her various ideas of heaven and earth, Silber has explored, with agile and generous sympathies, with wit and surprise, the subject of love. Her focus on the interplay of erotic and spiritual questing has made her one of our most interesting and fearless storytellers." From the citation, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • " a lyrical writer. Like William Trevor's writing and Alice Munro's, her prose embraces both particularity and grandeur...These stories are wise." Debra Bruno, Washington Times
  • "These stories are about rapturous love and devastating loss...Love, like these beautiful stories, offers devotion, consolation and transcendence." Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
  • "Silber writes successfully in many voices, women and men, gay and straight, present-day and historic. A matter-of-fact detachment toward affairs of the heart is contrasted with moments of uncontrollable passion." Danise Hoover, Booklist
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Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories (April 2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393059081
Dimensions: 8.46 x 5.82 x .90
Pages: 224

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