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

  • Chelsea
    Oct 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    Grabbed this book off of the ?new to our collection? shelf at the library. The stories, set on the islands of NY and Japan, are all loosely connected - the same fragile, pathetic, and/or damaged characters make repeat appearances (usually fleeting the second time around). Most of t...

    I usually finish any book I start, but I read this first story and didn't think it was anything special; I thought maybe I should try something new and just stop reading given that first taste. But all the other stories are better! Bouncing back between a few megacities with which the ...

  • 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

  • Alison
    Oct 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    Grabbed this book off of the ?new to our collection? shelf at the library. The stories, set on the islands of NY and Japan, are all loosely connected - the same fragile, pathetic, and/or damaged characters make repeat appearances (usually fleeting the second time around). Most of t...

  • 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

  • Kim Ibara
    Sep 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    Grabbed this book off of the ?new to our collection? shelf at the library. The stories, set on the islands of NY and Japan, are all loosely connected - the same fragile, pathetic, and/or damaged characters make repeat appearances (usually fleeting the second time around). Most of t...

    I usually finish any book I start, but I read this first story and didn't think it was anything special; I thought maybe I should try something new and just stop reading given that first taste. But all the other stories are better! Bouncing back between a few megacities with which the ...

    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...

    Not much to say about this collection. At the beginning I was very impressed by the stories: very unique, quirky view of everyday life and some not-so-everyday occurrences. However, about half way through the book it felt a little repetitive and forced. An interesting collection, but o...

  • 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

  • Bonnie Brody
    Sep 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

  • 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    Grabbed this book off of the ?new to our collection? shelf at the library. The stories, set on the islands of NY and Japan, are all loosely connected - the same fragile, pathetic, and/or damaged characters make repeat appearances (usually fleeting the second time around). Most of t...

    I usually finish any book I start, but I read this first story and didn't think it was anything special; I thought maybe I should try something new and just stop reading given that first taste. But all the other stories are better! Bouncing back between a few megacities with which the ...

    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...

    Not much to say about this collection. At the beginning I was very impressed by the stories: very unique, quirky view of everyday life and some not-so-everyday occurrences. However, about half way through the book it felt a little repetitive and forced. An interesting collection, but o...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    Grabbed this book off of the ?new to our collection? shelf at the library. The stories, set on the islands of NY and Japan, are all loosely connected - the same fragile, pathetic, and/or damaged characters make repeat appearances (usually fleeting the second time around). Most of t...

    I usually finish any book I start, but I read this first story and didn't think it was anything special; I thought maybe I should try something new and just stop reading given that first taste. But all the other stories are better! Bouncing back between a few megacities with which the ...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...

    What I most enjoyed about Jen Silverman's collection of short stories, 'The Island Dwellers', is that nothing seemed off limits. Emotions as raw as sand paper shared pages with emotions as smooth as an infant's skin; The stories take place in several parts of the world. The secon...

    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...

    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...