Someday This Will Fit

Linked Essays, Meditations, & Other Follies

Joan Silverman

9×6, Paperback, 160 pp.



October 4, 2019

Someday This Will Fit celebrates the things that matter—family and friendship, Dove Bars and thank-you notes.
A collection of linked essays, the book muses on issues that are instantly familiar—from privacy in the digital age, to racism at the dinner table, to a friend’s suicide; from Post-Its and Kindles, to head colds and home repairs. In the age of Twitter, these bite- sized narratives evoke the richness and humor of daily life in a brief, compact form. The book’s wry midlife observations offer an insightful, no-nonsense take on modern living.

Praise for Someday This Will Fit

“Someday This Will Fit” unfolds in a series of vignettes that range from the funny and familiar to the poignant and mournful, always compelling and crisp, deft and satisfying. Silverman is a wise, intelligent, compassionate guide to the vicissitudes of midlife.
Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special
and How to Cook a Moose

Joan Silverman surveys our domestic landscape with a humorist’s wise and lancing eye. Her sentences hook deftly each to the next and keep us reading. The payoff is a gathering—and affirming—sense of recognition.
Sven Birkerts, author of Changing the Subject:
Art and Attention in the Internet Age

Joan Silverman’s splendid new book is a stealth primer on this thing we call life. There’s so much to feast upon inside these wry, incisive meditations. Silverman’s clarion voice rings wise and true and deeply empathetic at every turn. What a remarkable feat.
Susan Conley, author of The Foremost Good Fortune
and Elsey Come Home

This delightful collection is filled with gemlike assertions, wit, and an unflinching eye that captures the truth of what it means to be human. I loved this book, which does double-duty as a perfect vacation read.
Kim Dana Kupperman, author of Six Thousand Miles to Home and The Last of Her: A Forensic Memoir

‘Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom,’ Ben Franklin wrote to a friend. Franklin would enjoy visiting Joan Silverman. Her deftly written vignettes are like spending time with a good neighbor, one who is observant, funny and a little chatty, one who knows the happiness of finding the perfect small spoon for a yogurt cup.
Howard Mansfield, author of The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down

Joan Silverman’s essays remind us of the wonders of the everyday. A delight to read!
Bernd Heinrich, author of Summer World and Mind of the Raven

Joan Silverman began her career as a Boston-based features writer, with a specialty in horticulture. Over time, she developed her niche as a writer of op-eds, essays, and slice-of-life stories. Her work has appeared in  newspapers around the country, including The Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and Dallas Morning News. The author lives in the Boston area and coastal Maine, where she reviews books for The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.