Item description for This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella...
Overview Spite and loyalty, not affection, prompt Dottie Connell to adopt her best friend's daughter. But as she struggles to farm her family's 300 acres, she grows to love the child as her own. When the farm is put on the block, she faces a difficult choice---either buy back the property or betray her daughter. A luminous first novel shedding light on the mysteries of grace.
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Studio: Paraclete Press (MA)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher PARACLETE PRESS #810
ISBN 1557254257 ISBN13 9781557254252
Availability 0 units.
More About Nicole Mazzarella
Nicole Mazzarella teaches creative writing at Wheaton College in Illinois. This Heavy Silence is her first novel. She lives with her husband in Wheaton, Illinois.
Nicole Mazzarella currently resides in Wheaton, in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about This Heavy Silence?
Refreshingly honest story Jun 18, 2006
I bought this book after I met the author at a book fair and heard that it was set in and around my hometown. I was pleasantly surprised to find a captivating story sensitively written. Even though the main character is a cold woman, she is imbued with a humanity that impels you to care about her. With measured and accurate detail, the author breathes life into the farm, the towns, and the people that shape our heroine's existence. The writing style has a clarity and loveliness that is refreshing. Most importantly, the characters in this novel actually have souls, which I find lacking in most contemporary fiction. I highly recommend it, and I look forward to reading more from this new author!
Disappointed Jun 3, 2006
I bought this book after Christianity Today chose it as one of the best Christian books of the year. I was very disappointed. The main character, Dottie, is unsympathetic. She is a cold, hard woman who loves a farm more than any person in her life. She makes a series of selfish decisions and then reaps the consequences. She makes a few pathetic attempts at redemption toward the end of the book, but it almost seems like an afterthought by the author. The book left me annoyed for wasting the time reading it. Really, by the middle of the book, I could care less what happened to Dottie and felt badly for the people she had hurt along the way.
Great Book!! Dec 1, 2005
I loved the book! Mazzarella does a great job creating this characters and making them believable. The stories ending was perfect.
You must read this book! Nov 28, 2005
I couldn't put it down! An honest examination of the choices we make and the consequences of those choices. Mazzarella examines a universal truth, that we often make decisions out of fear rather than love. She investigates the reality that we are often held captive by our own trepidations, rather than breaking free from fear and living out of love. Mazzarella's exploration of love and the corrosion of love when saturated with pride is one of the most convicting fiction novels I have ever read. This is a must read!
worth every one of the 5 stars Oct 4, 2005
Mazzarella knows how to write without insulting the intelligence of the reader. She's a brilliant author. It was a challenge to keep believing that this story was fiction. Her characters are like me - and like my friends and my neighbors - and nothing is pat or trite - people making dumb decisions bringing about painful consequences but moving by the grace of God to slow reconciliation. This is one author who has abley told the truth via fiction. It inspired me to tears - a first. One of Mazzarella's sentences "Clean was more convincing without a smell."clearly shows her ability to be simple and profound ----Fiction is more convincing without fluff.