Five Books Making News This Week: Madness, Monkeys, and Fairytales: Alexander Maksik, Francine Prose, Marisa Silver, and more

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In Marisa Silver’s Little Nothing (Blue Rider Press), an ugly young dwarf girl transforms first into a beauty, then into a tall woman, then into a wolf. We talk about metamorphosis and how the depths of the psyche intersects with the inner structure of fairy tales. Little Nothing is a novel that risks being a…

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Sloane Crosley’s Favorite Fall 2016 Books: Magic and misinformation meet in Marisa Silver’s Little Nothing

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25 Books to Read This Fall “A provocative original fairy tale about the persecution and salvation of Pavla, a girl scorned by her village for her dwarfism.”

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20 New Books You’ll Need For Your Shelf In Fall 2016 “In the register of a folk tale, Marisa Silver’s novel recounts the life of Pavla, a much-wanted child born to Czech peasants at the turn of the 20th century. Pavla becomes a beautiful girl, but she never grows, and her parents realize she was…

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