The Size of the World

Travelers, colonials, immigrants, and returned ex-pats meet or pass one another in narratives spanning lifetimes. In the book’s opening, an engineer in Vietnam is shaken to discover why his company’s planes are getting lost. A modern marriage between a Thai Muslim and an American woman leads to a terrible family fight. In 1920s Siam a young woman experiences the colonial stance of her tin-prospecting brother. The last section returns the brother to the States, older now but ever in love with Asian women. Love, loss, yearning, self-delusion, and forgiveness are here … and in the tradition of E. M. Forster, seeing the size of the world changes the meaning of home-sickness for all the characters. (from Goodreads)

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The Size of the World – by Joan Silber – on Goodreads – author website

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