Marisa Silver: Fiction Short and Long

Marisa Silver

Writers Voice spends the hour with fiction writer Marisa Silver, talking about the craft of writing, her new collection of short stories ALONE WITH YOU and her 2008 novel, GOD OF WAR.

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The New York Times called Marisa Silver “one of California’s most celebrated contemporary writers”. We first spoke to her in 2008 about her wonderful novel, THE GOD OF WAR. Now she’s come out with an equally wonderful collection of stories, ALONE WITH YOU. They explore the ambiguities in human relationships — the push and pull we feel towards those we love — and the responsibilities we have toward one another.

I sat down with Silver at the office of her publisher, Simon and Schuster, in New York recently to talk about the craft of writing and her latest story collection of stories.

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In addition to ALONE WITH YOU, Silver is the author of the 2001 story collection, BABE IN PARADISE, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her novel, GOD OF WAR was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. We spoke to her about it in 2008.

Coming Attraction: Writers Voice will be talking to poet Philip Schultz about his new poetry volume, THE GOD OF LONELINESS. On this week’s show, he reads several poems from the book, including “Failure“.  (Thanks to Tony Ernst and Hazel Kahn of WPKN for the audio of the poet.)

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.