Marisa Silver

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Marisa Silver is the author of the novels The God of War (a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize), and No Direction Home. She made her fiction debut in The New Yorker when she appeared in the inaugural Debut Fiction issue. Her collection of stories, Babe in Paradise, was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Silver's work has been included in Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her on the Web at

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Books by this Author

Alone With You
The God of War


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Art can be anything.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Anyone who is living with incredible deprivation and continues on. That's courage.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. In so many different ways: hearing my kids' abandoned laughter; watching the colors of a great LA sunset; getting a sentence or a word just right (harder than you think!); listening to an elementary school orchestra performance go amazingly off the rails and then somehow right itself just in time for the final note; the smell of night blooming jasmine, travel, watching another's happiness.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Staring at any ocean. The endlessness of it makes me imagine.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I ask a lot of (too many?) questions

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