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Little Nothing

Little Nothing

“In Little Nothing, the wizardly Marisa Silver conjures a pitch-dark tale with empathy and humor. An emotionally suspenseful allegory, the novel reveals how the world’s expectations can torque a woman’s identity and leave a ferocious ache behind. The novel twisted me up inside. I loved it.”

—Lauren Groff, author of Fates and Furies, a National Book Award Finalist

Mary Coin

Mary Coin

“[In] Marisa Silver’s phenomenal new novel…History is not a succession of icons or frozen moments but of messy lives lived, of people doing what they can with what they’ve got. Therein lies the power of this novel, and the Novel; Silver wields it here with grace and devastating ­effectiveness.”


– New York Times Book Review

Alone With You

Alone With You

“Silver tells eight quietly haunting tales about love, memory and making ends meet.”



– The Wall Street Journal: Datebook

The God of War

The God of War

“Read [The God of War] for the tender furies of adolescence, the starkly beautiful descriptions of California’s inland Salton Sea, and the devious valor of love.”



– O: The Oprah Magazine

No Direction Home

No Direction Home

“A beautiful novel of father hunger, tenderly written and carefully plotted…A remarkable, memorable first novel.”



– Boston Sunday Globe

Babe In Paradise

Babe In Paradise

“…a writer with a keen eye for alienation, and an ability to pinpoint the surprising ways that even the most disaffected among us are brought together.”



– The New York Times Book Review

Books by Marisa Silver

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.

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marycoinextralargeNew York Times Bestseller

An NPR Best Book of 2013

A BBC Best Book of 2013

In her first novel since The God of War, the critically acclaimed author Marisa Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” photograph as inspiration for a breathtaking reinvention—a story of two women, one famous and one forgotten, and of the remarkable legacy of their chance encounter.

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alonecoverlarge“Marisa Silver is one of California’s most celebrated contemporary writers…(whose) best stories are prickly and nimble, satisfyingly acute… so good it might give you vertigo.”

The New York Times Book Review

In this elegant, finely wrought new collection, Alone With You, Silver has created eight indelible stories that mine the complexities of modern relationships and the unexpected ways love manifests itself. Her brilliantly etched characters confront life’s abrupt and unsettling changes with fear, courage, humor, and overwhelming grace.

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Read the story “Temporary” from this collection

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godofwarFinalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

The year is 1978. Ares Ramirez, age 12, lives with his mother, Laurel, and his younger brother Malcolm in a trailer at the edge of the Salton Sea, an unintentionally man-made body of water in the middle of the Southern California desert. It is a desolate, forgotten place, whose inhabitants thrive amidst seemingly impossible circumstances. Where birds fly by day across the desert sky, by night government fighter planes and helicopters make training runs using live ammunition, and an anonymous dead body floats in from the sea. These events inspire Ares, on the cusp of his adolescence, to enact elaborate fantasies of mortal combat. His membership in a troubled family marks Ares as a casualty of a different kind of war. Malcolm, age 7, is mentally handicapped, and his mother chooses not to do anything about it.

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nodirection“Blindness will be like this.”

So says ten-year-old Will Burton, trying to reimagine his life in the wake of his father’s abrupt disappearance, as his family picks up the stakes and moves to California. At the same time, another boy, Rogelio Alfaro, risks his life to cross the border illegally from Mexico to reach his father, enduring gangs, police roundups, and the pitiless desert. And Marlene McClure, a hard-edged, yearning teenager, leaves her own Midwestern home in search of a father she has imagined but never known. The lives of each of these children and their families converge on a single home in Los Angeles – where the very needs and desires that have torn them apart allow them a measure of hope together. Written with heart-stopping grace and a powerful understanding of the passions that define family, No Direction Home masterfully evokes how far we will go in the name of a place to call home.

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babeinparadiseA New York Times Notable Book

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001

The unforgettable characters of Babe in Paradise—an aging stunt man, a chauffeur, and a voice-over actor among them—live on the periphery of Los Angeles’s allure, outside its glamour and success. Marisa Silver’s singular voice makes us care deeply about their everyday desperations and hard-won hopes.

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Read the story “What I Saw From Where I Stood” from this collection

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