The Silent Land by Graham Joyce

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Award-winning novelist and cult favorite Graham Joyce transports readers to a mysterious world of isolation and fear with a hypnotically dark story about a young couple trapped by an avalanche in the remote French Pyrenees. . . a daring and powerful novel about love, loss, and rebirth.

In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow—only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive . . . again. And as the couple begin to witness unset­tling events neither one can ignore, they are forced to con­front a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.

Award-winning author Graham Joyce has written a mysteri­ous masterpiece, a tour de force that will thrill fans of Peter Straub and the hit television show Lost.


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About Graham Joyce

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GRAHAM JOYCE, a winner of the O. Henry Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England, with his family. His books include How to Make Friends with Demons, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998), and Requiem, among others.
 
Published March 29, 2011 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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“If there are few moments in life that come as clear and as pure as ice, when the mountain breathed back at her, Zoe knew she had trapped one such moment and it could never be taken away,” Joyce writes.

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The New York Times

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Gentle six-pointed flakes from a picture book, settling on her jacket sleeve.” And here’s how it ends, some 260 pages later: “She heard a light grazing on the window and she looked up to see huge, gentle six-pointed flakes from a picture book blown by a breeze onto the glass.

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Book Reporter

Starting with an incredibly revealing book jacket that shames Kindle and Nook, this lucky 13th book by Graham Joyce is a startling reality wake-up call --- and it prognosticates what is to come.

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Los Angeles Times

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A couple survives an avalanche and then live in a deserted world where the laws of nature are twisted.

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Open Letters Monthly

In that sense, The Silent Land’s smaller moments are somehow the most memorable, and even after the mystery of Zoe and Jake’s enigmatic world is resolved, that’s what we’re left with: two people, alone with their love: The snow on the mountain slope groaned again overhead.

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Scotsman.com

MOST readers of Graham Joyce's eerie, wintry fable will probably have a rough inkling of its central conceit after about 30 pages - a full 50 before the couple, Zoe and Jake, start to twig about their circumstances.

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Bookmarks Magazine

They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive .

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BlogHer

http://www.blogher.com/wanna-be-farmer-never-butcher 6 I've now reached a 27 pound weight loss!

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SFX

The result is a book that’s as crisp as new snow, even to the point where you sometimes long for more detail, for Joyce to linger on a scene as a novelist working from a literary fiction tradition might.

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Metro

Why you urgently need to approach 100 women this week For all the guys reading this, I’m going to tell you why you must approach a hundred women this week…

Nov 24 2010 | Read Full Review of The Silent Land

The Zone

The couple's search for meaning in death and their growing belief that someone out there is coming for them mirrors our own searches for meaning in life and meaning in the novel as we too are sucked into trying to work out why Jake and Zoe are stuck in a Pyrenean purgatory.

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David G. Schwartz

But once the narrative pulls away from reality as we know it, the reader is really at the author’s mercy: anything is possible, from “a wizard did it,” to “and then I woke up.” This undercuts the book as a “suspense” novel, since the reader can’t use what he/she knows about what’s already happen...

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