Beginning the World Again : A Novel of Los Alamos
( After a chance meeting in 1981, Lily Fialka confronts t...)
After a chance meeting in 1981, Lily Fialka confronts the defining time of her life: 1943–45 in Los Alamos, when her physicist husband, Peter, worked on the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project—a time of isolation, hard work, temptation, and loneliness, yet exhilaration and triumph; when great breakthroughs were made, but lives felt narrow; when loyalty was paramount, but the need for secrecy created unbearable tension. At the same time, Lily and her friends are haunted by what is happening to Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Resistance in Germany, and his story serves as a counterpoint to theirs. In a sweeping historical novel that cuts across continents and reveals a deep knowledge of the science of the making of the bomb, Beginning the World Again offers valuable insights into that fascinating time.
The Dream Dredger: A Novel
( Pregnant with her first child, Diny Branson is haunted ...)
Pregnant with her first child, Diny Branson is haunted by her mother’s death years ago in the Hudson River. Was it suicide or accident? Slowly, Diny weaves the many threads of Lise’s tragic life—from a fairyland youth to a happy marriage, then through the travails of losing a child. Diny learns how the forces of history, like the coming Holocaust, inflict losses, such as loss of language, that create other more subtle losses—and how the forces of nature, like the majestic Hudson, can be both threat and comfort.
Roberta Karpel Silman Edit Profile
Bachelor, Cornell University, 1956. Master of Fine Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, 1975.
Secretary Saturday Review Magazine, New York City, 1957, science writer, 1958—1960. Fiction writer Ardsley, since 1961.
Member advisory council College Arts & Sciences Cornell University. Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (Syndicated Fiction award 1981, 1983, National Magazine award 1974, 1984), Poets and Writers, Authors Guild, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Robert Silman, June 14, 1956. Children: Miriam, Joshua, Ruth.