Locked in Silence: A Novel

Locked in Silence: A Novel

by Natalie Zellat Dyen
Locked in Silence: A Novel

Locked in Silence: A Novel

by Natalie Zellat Dyen


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"A haunting and gripping tale of a woman's unrelenting search to shatter the silence imposed upon her while locked within the cells of society's injustices." -Janis Robinson Daly, bestselling author of The Unlocked Path

Growing up in pre-Civil War Philadelphia, a city torn by racial violence, Lizzy O'Meara could have obeyed her mother's orders to stick to her own kind. Instead, she secretly joins the fight against slavery with her Black friend. When she meets Thomas Britton, a handsome Quaker, she knows she has found the love of her life.

But nine months later, everything falls apart when Lizzy gives birth and is accused of murdering her newborn baby. The only thing she remembers about the night of the birth is a midwife holding the child's lifeless body and screaming that Lizzy murdered her baby. Sentenced to four years in Eastern State Penitentiary, Lizzy is told to spend her days reflecting on her crime and finding God. But the months of silence, isolation, and systemic abuse loosen her hold on sanity and drive her to the brink of suicide.

Once she regains her freedom, Lizzy learns the shocking truth about what happened the night she gave birth. She vows to move heaven and earth to reassemble the fragments of her broken life. But will she fall victim to an enemy from her past who is eager to exact his revenge? Will she reunite with Thomas? And will she ever come to know the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child?

Locked In Silence tells an emotional tale of suffering, survival, and the healing power of love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781685133634
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 02/01/2024
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 455,983
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Natalie Zellat Dyen began writing humor pieces and essays for newspapers while working as a technical writer. Since turning to fiction, her work has appeared in a number of publications including" Philadelphia Stories, The MacGuffin, the Schuylkill Valley Journal, Willow Review, Alternative Truths: Endgame, Jewish Writing Project, Damselfly, Every Day Fiction, and Neshaminy: The Bucks County Historical and Literary Journal. Her short story collection, Finding Her Voice, was published in 2019. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband.
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