My Works

Blood Relations
“[Here is]...the great joy and suffering...that come from being attached to places, to things, to other people...When we are told the ego...is the proper stage, Roberta Silman is giving back the reader history, in all its connections: soil, blood, tribe, family.”
--Melvin Maddocks

Boundaries
While vacationing with her children near the tip of Long Island, a young Jewish widow with three children meets a local potter, born in Germany, the son of a wartime Nazi. Despite their very different backgrounds they are attracted to each other,but barriers, within themselves and without, threaten their relationship. "BOUNDARIES is a wise novel about complex people with complex histories, needs, and hopes." -- Gail Godwin

The Dream Dredger
"The novel’s title refers to the Hudson, in which Lise drowns while pursuing a dream of life as it ought to be; and one of the most attractive things about this attractive novel is its loving description of the river, its lore and its effect as a mirror and consoler of the lives of the novel’s sturdy, vivid, and affecting characters.”
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Beginning the World Again
"It's rare to come upon a novel that confronts a subject so large. Roberta Silman has done a truly masterful job of bringing together the complex parts of the Los Alamos story--the science, the history, the place, the personal lives."
--Helen Del Monte, Fiction Editor, McCall's

Somebody Else's Child
Winner of the Child Study Association Award, 1976.

Astronomers
This children's book concentrates on Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo.

Selected Works

Short Stories
Direct, compelling, painfully honest, these moving stories dig deep beneath the surface of family life.
Novel
Tender, affecting novel that explores the pain of loss, and, in its wake, the arduous task of building anew, Boundaries reveals Roberta Silman's rich, absorbing perception of the priorities, the limitless reaches, and the insistence, of love.
A complex tale of joy, loss, and madness which ends in mysterious drowning.
A novel about the women whose husbands went to Los Alamos to make the atomic bomb.
Children's Book
A children's book about adoption.
The book concentrates on Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo. It also deals briefly with contemporary physicists and astronomers.