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Small Silent Things: A Novel

Small Silent Things: A Novel

by Robin Page

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Overview

A lyrical, haunting debut that explores the power of parenthood, identity, lust, and the legacy of trauma, as the lives of two neighbors are upended by ghosts from their past lives.

When the news of her mother’s death reaches Jocelyn Morrow, it stirs up memories of her traumatic childhood. She is a mother herself now, to six-year-old Lucy; living a life of privilege in Southern California with her husband Conrad; moving in a world of wealthy white women, even though she is not white; as far away from her past as she can get. Her designer clothes cover a net of scars across her back, and she hides an even deeper mark—a fundamental stain, something she believes invited her abuse. She also has a blossoming secret: she is becoming obsessed with Kate, her tennis coach.

Her neighbor Simon Bonaventure is a successful landscape architect and a Rwandan refugee. He too is haunted, by the wife and daughter who were taken from him in the genocide twenty years ago. The ghosts of those he could not save, and those who took them, are never far, and now he has received a letter—allegedly from his daughter, grown, and full of questions for a father she doesn’t know.

As Jocelyn and Simon begin a tentative friendship, they forge a bond out of their dark secret histories—a bond that may be their only hope of being pulled back from the abyss.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062879233
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 461,615
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robin Page was raised in Cincinnati and has degrees from UCLA and UC Irvine’s MFA program. She lives with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles, and has powerfully mined her experience as a displaced Midwesterner, a woman of color, and a mother in these pages.

Myra Lucretia Taylor is an award-winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, in many theaters across the country, and internationally. Her television and film credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Atlanta, The Big Sick, Bushwick, and Catfight.