The Island Dwellers: Stories

The Island Dwellers: Stories

For readers of Miranda July, Rebecca Lee, and Mary Gaitskill, a debut short-story collection that is a mesmerizing blend of wit, transgression, and heart. A passive-aggressive couple in the midst of a divorce compete over whose new fling is more exotic. A Russian migrant in Tokyo agonizes over the money her lover accepts from a yakuza. A dead body on a drug dealer's floor For readers of Miranda July, Rebecca Lee, and Mary Gaitskill, a debut short-story collection that is a mesmerizing ble...

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Title:The Island Dwellers: Stories
Author:Jen Silverman
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:0399591494
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:259 pages pages

The Island Dwellers: Stories Reviews

  • Bad Penny
    Apr 01, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

    Disclosure/disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. These are the kind of short stories I really like. Brief snapshots, glances into a slice of flawed and troubled lives, with complex and uncommon characters. Unsettling and uncomfortable at times, but you keep coming back in...

  • Jessica
    Aug 23, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

    Disclosure/disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. These are the kind of short stories I really like. Brief snapshots, glances into a slice of flawed and troubled lives, with complex and uncommon characters. Unsettling and uncomfortable at times, but you keep coming back in...

    This is a collection of short stories that seemed on the dark side, in my opinion. Perhaps that is what life is like for the flawed and troubled characters found within. Being young and trying to make one's way while far from home brings intricate situations. I found some of these stor...

    a tightly packed book of stories, completely elegant, luminescent, and loyal to a circulating sense of place. the quality of connection and devastation to each of the characters, whether in tokyo or new york, all of it so quickly but sharply examined, made me feel so in love with the r...

    Well written, but I found these stories tiresome. Each one centers around some disaffected protagonist and the story is generally about who they're sleeping with or not sleeping with and I just didn't find it all that compelling. ...

    I loved this! I was going to record here the stories I liked best, but I fell off the internet for a few months, and in that time I lent the book to friends. Silverman's brilliant writing deserves a better review, but anyway: very much recommended. ...

  • Kathy
    Mar 15, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Feb 20, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

  • Cynthia
    May 09, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

  • Catie
    May 05, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 20, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

  • Brett Benner
    Aug 14, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

  • Laura
    May 24, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

  • Bandit
    Jan 25, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

  • Sally
    Aug 24, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

    Disclosure/disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. These are the kind of short stories I really like. Brief snapshots, glances into a slice of flawed and troubled lives, with complex and uncommon characters. Unsettling and uncomfortable at times, but you keep coming back in...

    This is a collection of short stories that seemed on the dark side, in my opinion. Perhaps that is what life is like for the flawed and troubled characters found within. Being young and trying to make one's way while far from home brings intricate situations. I found some of these stor...

    a tightly packed book of stories, completely elegant, luminescent, and loyal to a circulating sense of place. the quality of connection and devastation to each of the characters, whether in tokyo or new york, all of it so quickly but sharply examined, made me feel so in love with the r...

    Well written, but I found these stories tiresome. Each one centers around some disaffected protagonist and the story is generally about who they're sleeping with or not sleeping with and I just didn't find it all that compelling. ...

    I loved this! I was going to record here the stories I liked best, but I fell off the internet for a few months, and in that time I lent the book to friends. Silverman's brilliant writing deserves a better review, but anyway: very much recommended. ...

    While some touched me more than others, the stories in this book are really lovely and range from the hysterical, the sexy, to the painful and dark. ...

    3.778421 stars! ...

  • Kevin
    Sep 19, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

  • Marybeth Taranow
    Apr 05, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

  • Olivia
    Jun 29, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

  • Bonnye Reed
    Apr 16, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

  • USOM
    Apr 09, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

  • Donna Davis
    May 03, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

  • Gloria
    May 25, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

  • Claude Bouchard
    Jan 12, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

  • Mary Lins
    Apr 03, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

  • Andrew Rincón
    Sep 11, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

    Disclosure/disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. These are the kind of short stories I really like. Brief snapshots, glances into a slice of flawed and troubled lives, with complex and uncommon characters. Unsettling and uncomfortable at times, but you keep coming back in...

    This is a collection of short stories that seemed on the dark side, in my opinion. Perhaps that is what life is like for the flawed and troubled characters found within. Being young and trying to make one's way while far from home brings intricate situations. I found some of these stor...

    a tightly packed book of stories, completely elegant, luminescent, and loyal to a circulating sense of place. the quality of connection and devastation to each of the characters, whether in tokyo or new york, all of it so quickly but sharply examined, made me feel so in love with the r...

    Well written, but I found these stories tiresome. Each one centers around some disaffected protagonist and the story is generally about who they're sleeping with or not sleeping with and I just didn't find it all that compelling. ...

    I loved this! I was going to record here the stories I liked best, but I fell off the internet for a few months, and in that time I lent the book to friends. Silverman's brilliant writing deserves a better review, but anyway: very much recommended. ...

    While some touched me more than others, the stories in this book are really lovely and range from the hysterical, the sexy, to the painful and dark. ...

  • Yadi (Bookiful.life)
    Jun 17, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

  • Cherise Wolas
    Jul 09, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

  • Melissa Dee
    Apr 27, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

  • Jordan Stivers
    Jun 12, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

  • Erin
    May 26, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

    Disclosure/disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. These are the kind of short stories I really like. Brief snapshots, glances into a slice of flawed and troubled lives, with complex and uncommon characters. Unsettling and uncomfortable at times, but you keep coming back in...

    This is a collection of short stories that seemed on the dark side, in my opinion. Perhaps that is what life is like for the flawed and troubled characters found within. Being young and trying to make one's way while far from home brings intricate situations. I found some of these stor...

    a tightly packed book of stories, completely elegant, luminescent, and loyal to a circulating sense of place. the quality of connection and devastation to each of the characters, whether in tokyo or new york, all of it so quickly but sharply examined, made me feel so in love with the r...

    Well written, but I found these stories tiresome. Each one centers around some disaffected protagonist and the story is generally about who they're sleeping with or not sleeping with and I just didn't find it all that compelling. ...

  • jenni
    Sep 02, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

    Disclosure/disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. These are the kind of short stories I really like. Brief snapshots, glances into a slice of flawed and troubled lives, with complex and uncommon characters. Unsettling and uncomfortable at times, but you keep coming back in...

    This is a collection of short stories that seemed on the dark side, in my opinion. Perhaps that is what life is like for the flawed and troubled characters found within. Being young and trying to make one's way while far from home brings intricate situations. I found some of these stor...

    a tightly packed book of stories, completely elegant, luminescent, and loyal to a circulating sense of place. the quality of connection and devastation to each of the characters, whether in tokyo or new york, all of it so quickly but sharply examined, made me feel so in love with the r...

  • Suzanne M
    Apr 06, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

    4 1/2 stars. Jen Silverman's super collection of linked stories repeatedly wades though streams of isolation, sexual fluidity, abuse, desire, loneliness and raw connectedness tying characters together with unapologetic abandon. Many stories take place with expats in Tokyo trying to fin...

    This is my first book of short stories that I have read in a really long time. They are not usually my preferred genre, but I thought it was time I try them again. I really enjoyed this collection. Most of these stories are about young adults trying to figure out life. They take plac...

    Intriguing interconnected short stories, with repeating characters, that take place in New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Iowa. The generational angst of young loners who are all disaffected in similar ways. They are urban, many are queer, all seeking connections, or communities, dealing w...

    Jen Silverman's stories of foreigners in island cities and countries are haunting. She elegantly contrasts the earthiness of South African, Columbia, America against the cleanness and safety of Japan, and finds both the Japanese and foreigners as distant as they were in the time of Per...

    Disclosure/disclaimer: I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. These are the kind of short stories I really like. Brief snapshots, glances into a slice of flawed and troubled lives, with complex and uncommon characters. Unsettling and uncomfortable at times, but you keep coming back in...

    This is a collection of short stories that seemed on the dark side, in my opinion. Perhaps that is what life is like for the flawed and troubled characters found within. Being young and trying to make one's way while far from home brings intricate situations. I found some of these stor...

  • michael adelman
    Sep 14, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...

    I really enjoyed Jen Silverman's short story collection The Island Dwellers. Though many times, I feel that collections of short stories can have a tendency to feel unfinished, or experimental, Silverman's stories are rock solid. Additionally, her dialogue is superb, likely a consequen...

    On the Edge I think of these stories as well written, edgy, sexy, sexually ambiguous and very touching. Definitely worth the journey.. Leaving and being unable to leaving are ongoing themes. Cruelty and I fidelity are also important themes. Many of the stories are seen through the...

  • Amanda Falk
    Mar 25, 2018

    "The thing about paranoia in the twenty-first Century is that, at some point, it's impossible to know if you're crazy, or if you're astute." Jen Silverman's short story collection, "The Island Dwellers", is full of wry observations like the one above. Her wit; humorous sarcasm and i...

    Maybe ever (wo)man is an island after all. Not a stationary one, more like a coasting island, waiting to meet up with other islands to save themselves from a terrible loneliness seems to be inherent and oppressive. Anyway, that seems to be the leitmotif of Silverman?s short story col...

    This is that rare gem, a collection that is unfailingly excellent from first to last. Those readers who choose short stories know this is a fact - very seldom does one pick up a book of short stories and find that each provides clear insight, original execution without a clinker in the...

    GNab The Island Dwellers is a loosely connected collection of short stories featuring backgrounds around the world and young people, mostly adrift, who are looking to connect to life. In places it was quite sad, and others portrayed simple lackadaisical life-goes-on tales. This didn't ...

    Most of the stories in this collection are about the island of Japan and the characters are a mix of native Japanese and gaigin, foreigners, in this case westerners of everywhere other than Japan and the clash and mesh between the groups. Silverman?s prose is lovely and understated y...

    vai my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'I am concerned because Camilo is inherently clumsy with things like words and money and other people?s feelings.' I devoured these interconnected stories that are about being shipwrecked in loneliness yet in constant motion, an...

    Playwright Jen Silverman's deliciously addictive debut short story collection, THE ISLAND DWELLERS, collects 11 stories mostly set on the islands of New York City and Tokyo, Japan. Each story is told from a first-person perspective, but many of the characters make appearances in more t...

    Jen Silverman is a playwright with a list of awards as long as your arm. With this impressive collection of short stories, she steps into the world of prose with guns a-blazing. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this h...

    The norm would be to start and end a collection with your strongest work. The Island Dwellers opens with a short story titled Canadian Girl Shipwreck and it is a wreck of a story. I felt no interest or empathy for the story's narrator or her friends. I didn't finish the story and based...

    This was a collection of stories about the world of young people entering the 'adult' world most in the creative career path. The stories also come from diverse character from race to gender and sexual orientation, which was such a refresher. These stories felt very real due to the...

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I think that The Island Dwellers makes some pretty broad claims about the questions and themes Silverman will explore - and I think it largely succeeds. Just in the ...

    NOTE: I am reviewing this from an advance reader copy. This book will be published in May 2018. This is a collection of short stories, focusing on people from various countries (Russia, US, Canada, Columbia) living abroad (mostly in Japan, though a few are in Manhattan), and in whi...

    I hoped, while reading this collection, for a wider range of themes and settings. But overall, a well-written and sharply observed set of stories that embrace the way that the world and our handling of human interaction and relationships within it, has changed. We are free to travel, t...

    And while the city beat time all around me like a vast heart, I told myself the beginning of a story: Once upon a time there were two runaways in a jungle?neon tigers all around, so beautiful, every sharp tooth another TV screen, fluorescent tongues, grapes for the plucking, fat bunc...

    The Island Dwellers is a fascinating collection of loosely-related stories set in the US and Japan. The tone of each is interesting: the bright, garish lights of Tokyo and NYC flicker against the shadows within each of the characters. The darkness is a comforting place for many of them...

    Man, when I saw it said this was for readers of Miranda July and Rebecca Lee, I was like, "Ooh! Must try this."..I was disappointed. Mostly I hate that many of the protagonists are all so troubled, messed up, and.. kind of cliche. Ooh a damaged young person with low self-esteem, wow th...

    I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoy short stories and I figured let?s give it a chance! First heads up: this book has a lot of profanity and sexual situations, this was not a problem for me, but I know this book won?t be for everyone. This was not the genr...