Can the truth really set one free? In Miriam Polli's debut novel, IN A VERTIGO OF SILENCE, Emily, the young protagonist, discovers a family secret and thinks, I know now that secrets run in the blood and bones of those who came before. This intensely moving, multi-generational novel follows the lives of women, both strong and frail-shrouded, at times warped, by the confines of a long-held secret. Polli has drawn characters with empathy and poignancy as Emily strives to change the destiny of her family.
|Publisher:||Serving House Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)|
About the Author
Miriam Polli is a native New Yorker who now lives between Key West, Virginia and Greece. Her short stories and poetry have been published in various commercial and literary journals. This is her first published novel. Miriam lives with her husband Jim Katsikis, who loves to grow things and is now a winemaker.
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In a Vertigo of Silence based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I was drawn into this family, who was torn apart by many different issues. Their stories intrigued me, their determination and commitment to the cause, their motivation to continue. They were brought together by circumstances, for their family was no different than any other in those times. Year passed, the chapters filled with hopes, dreams and lessons learned. Marishka (grandmother) was the center of the family. She knew it all, the lies, the affairs and the suspicions for they never made their way past her; she somehow had a way of knowing. It like looking back and seeing a family’s life laid out before you, their paths and how they crossed, so detailed and so vivid. The book is wonderfully done, the author wrote and chose the words so carefully. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Serving House Books in exchange for an honest review.
Filled with atmosphere and emotion, Miriam Polli’s In a Vertigo of Silence tells a tale of the women of an immigrant family, generation by generation, from first coming to America to becoming “Americanized” years later. Powerfully written, in the voices of each generation, it all seems to come back to a young girl, Emily, who has uncovered secrets in the closet of the family she loves. From poverty to illness, to self-serving tendencies, each women is, in her own unique way a huge piece of this multi-generational puzzle. Young girls question life, face the lies and cover-ups that rob their youth, the loss of a parent, the love of a grandmother, and the mystery of relatives they will never know. Through it all, love and loyalty shine through, along with strength and the poise to carry on, no matter what. Miriam Polli has treated her novel with the care of an artist with a fresh canvas, about to create their finest work ever. Filled with prose that will resonate within your heart and soul, if you are looking for a quiet read that promises to engulf you gently, this could be it. Do not expect bright sunny days, hearts and flowers, but expect a stark look at the reality that shapes us all where what one becomes is part of the history of family.