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WINNER FOR THE 2018 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR FICTION
AUTHOR IS THE WINNER OF THE 2018 PEN/MALAMUD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE SHORT STORY
Named 1 of 6 New Paperbacks You Should Read in August by?Vulture
Named 1 of 10 Top Fiction Titles of 2017 by the?Wall Street Journal
Named 1 of 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2017 by?The Washington Post
A?New York Times Book Review?Paperback Row Selection
A?Newsday?Best Book of 2017
A?Kirkus?Best Book of 2017
A?New York Times Book Review?Editor's Choice
One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel about a young single mother living in New York, her eccentric aunt, and the decisions they make that have unexpected implications for the world around them.
Reyna knows her relationship with Boyd isnt perfect, yet as she visits him throughout his three-month stint at Rikers Island, their bond grows tighter. Kiki, now settled in the East Village after a journey that took her to Turkey and around the world, admires her nieces spirit but worries that she always picks the wrong man. Little does she know that the otherwise honorable Boyd is pulling Reyna into a cigarette smuggling scheme, across state lines, where he could risk violating probation. When Reyna ultimately decides to remove herself for the sake of her four-year-old child, her small act of resistance sets into motion a tapestry of events that affect the lives of loved ones and strangers around them.
A novel that examines conviction, connection, and the possibility of generosity in the face of loss,?Improvement?is as intricately woven together as Kikis beloved Turkish rugs, as colorful as the tattoos decorating Reynas body, with narrative twists and turns as surprising and unexpected as the lives all around us. The?Bostl≥.
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