REVIEWED BY THAILAN PHAM
Silber's sixth book again showcases her intricately crafted narrative style: Six stories are linked so that a peripheral character in one appears at the forefront of another. Whether focusing on an American engineer in wartime Vietnam, the sister of a tin prospector in 1920s Thailand or a Sicilian immigrant adjusting to life in New Jersey, she conjures entire lifetimes from the moments of shame, optimism and displacement she depicts. "Hoboken things," the Sicilian grudgingly admits, she "learned ... inch by inch, in spite of myself." The characters within the book's delicate web illustrate how inescapable are the consequences of any human action, rippling from one generation to another across continents in this "great, swarming world."