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The Island Dwellers

The Island Dwellers by Jen Silverman
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May 01, 2018 | 272 Pages
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“These stories, in any case, are irresistible, delivering a portrait of contemporary relationships that . . . is shot through with veins of real connection.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“The eleven stories that make up this collection are raw, intense in their longing, and tender in the most unexpected ways.”Lambda Literary
 
“Silverman’s disarming and unconventional characters are all searching for a connection with others. Some are battling loneliness or the fear of being alone but they’re all blessed with quick wits and warmth. This is an outstanding short story debut.”Shelf Awareness

“Reading these stories feels like spying on lives you might never admit to living—hilarious, and painfully true. I loved every one. The Island Dwellers is thrilling, addictive, and wise, and it made Jen Silverman my new favorite writer. It will probably do the same for you.”—Alexander Chee, bestselling author of Queen of the Night and Edinburgh

“Jen Silverman’s stories are at once specific and worldly, contemporary and old-fashioned, cool and heartfelt. An archipelago of emotions, The Island Dwellers captures the wonder and oddity of romantic relationships.”—Sloane Crosley, bestselling author of The Clasp and Look Alive Out There

“A shimmering collection that speaks with humor and, ultimately, tenderness.”Kirkus Reviews

“An audacious collection of eleven arresting interconnected short stories . . .  Silverman creates a harsh, seductive world that is both more and less than it seems, showing how deeply people will deceive themselves to believe they’ve found connection. Silverman’s winning stories are varied and always engrossing.”—Publishers Weekly

The Island Dwellers is stunning: steely and tender, searingly intimate, and very, very funny. In these stories, you will see worlds both hauntingly familiar and astonishingly surprising. I loved this collection and did not want it to end.”—Kayla Rae Whitaker, author of The Animators

“Reading The Island Dwellers feels like flying over a city at night, each story a bright window in the darkness. This collection is full of longing and surprise and real, lingering beauty.”—Ramona Ausubel, author of Awayland and Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty

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