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Author Joan Silber, whose 2017 novel Improvement won both the PEN/Faulkner award and the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction, joins Kate and Eric to discuss her new novel, Secrets of Happiness, a multivoiced story of a family rocked by a father’s betrayal. As it moves across characters and continents, Secrets of Happiness considers the weight of love, family, and other attachments in a world where nothing is as it seems and happiness is a fleeting experience best savored in the present.

Also, Sarah Schulman, author of Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993, returns to recommend Natasha Trethewey’s Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir and Martha S. Jones’s Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.