Reviews for Babe in Paradise

Silver’s vision cumulatively amounts to a dark, desperate down-and-out world, a Los Angeles of her own making, where the elusive instances of human connection are all too rare, and therefore all the more luminous.

The Los Angeles Times

Magnificent…(Silver’s) writing stings, but the pain is good.

Village Voice

How well Marisa Silver writes about her n’er-do-well characters, and how cunningly she invents their lives in these glittering stories. Babe in Paradise is a passionate and memorable debut.

Margot Livesey

author of The Living World

Energetic, inventive, and intensely dramatic, these fine stories illuminate unexpectedly dark corners of the American dream.

Andrea Barrett

National Book Award winner and author of Ship Fever

A very impressive debut from a writer of striking talent.

Richard Russo

author of Empire Falls

I loved reading Babe in Paradise. Marisa Silver’s talents are wide-ranging, and her authority considerable. L.A. needed someone to reveal its complex, beautiful underpinnings. Here she is.

Antonya Nelson

author of Nobody's Girl

…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

When it comes to the small moments – the frustrations and regrets of daily living – Silver’s work is powerful and heartfelt, and nowhere more than in the relationships she depicts between parents and children, which she traces with savage grace.

Atlantic Monthly

Silver’s beautiful collection of jewel-like stories illuminates people living less-than-glamorous lives in Los Angeles

Janelle Brown

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