The Year of Silence by Madison Smartt Bell
(Contemporary American Fiction)

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Bell’s stunning, multifaceted novel examines the ways in which a young woman’s suicide inspires those around her to fight for survival in New York CityMarian’s drug overdose shocked her friends, who all thought of her life as nearly perfect. It wasn’t until later that they realized how the pressures of addiction and her own troubled past ultimately proved to be too much. As those closest to her reflect on what went wrong, the story of her life becomes a story of great loss, one that leads to profound transformations. Her lover, her best friend, even casual acquaintances voice their wonder at their place in a city inhabited by millions, but where everyone often feels alone. Heartrending and unforgettable, The Year of Silence is a compassionate look at how redemption can arise from tragedy for even the most troubled of souls.

About Madison Smartt Bell

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Madison Smartt Bell was born and raised in Tennessee; he studied at Princeton University and Hollins College. He has taught in a variety of capacities, including the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, the University of Southern Maine, Goucher College, and as a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Much of his writing, which reflects a concern with race relations, has been critically acclaimed. Bell was awarded the 1989 Lillian Smith Award for Soldier's Joy. His 1996 historical novel All Soul's Rising was nominated for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award. All Soul's Rising, which depicts the slave uprising in Haiti in the late eighteenth century, also led to his selection to the Granta's list of Best Young American Novelists. His books include The Washington Square Ensemble (1983), Waiting for the End of the World (1985), Straight Cut (1986), The Year of Silence (1987), Zero dB (1987), Soldier's Joy (1989), Barking Man (1990), Doctor Sleep (1991), Save Me, Joe Lewis (1993), and All Soul's Rising (1996). His short stories have been frequently anthologized, including selection for the annual Best American Short Stories for 1984, 1987, 1989, and 1990. Bell teaches at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Published December 6, 2011 by Open Road Media. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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