Improvement by Joan Silber

"Improvement" is a novel that explores the interconnectedness of human lives across time and space. It tells the story of a single mother in New York who is drawn into a smuggling scheme with her Turkish boyfriend, which has far-reaching consequences. The narrative then branches out to tell the stories of the people indirectly affected by her actions, including her aunt, a truck driver, and a couple in Germany. The novel is a meditation on the ways in which our actions, both big and small, can have a ripple effect on the lives of others.

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