Item description for This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella...
Overview Strong, resilient, and deeply loyal, Dottie Connell farms her family's three hundred acres in rural Ohio alone, having sacrificed love and family for land she does not own. A sudden, inexplicable event leaves the daughter of her childhood friend in her care. Pressured by her community to allow her former fianc to raise the child, Dottie must face the past she has worked fifteen years to forget. Winner of the 2006 Christy Award & Christianity Today Book Award. Named Best Christian Fiction by Library Journal.
Publishers Description When Dottie Connell adopts her best friend's daughter out of a combination of spite and loyalty, she must confront her ideas on motherhood, sexuality, and God. Set in rural Ohio, This Heavy Silence spans ten years in Dottie's life. She loves the land despite its bitterness and hardship. She raises her adopted daughter and farms her family's three hundred acres in a time and place unaccustomed to independent women. Her struggle to buy back the farm comes to a disturbing climax when she realizes that in order to keep it, she must choose to betray the daughter who has become her own. This Heavy Silence explores the mysteries of grace, the bargaining of birthright, and the power of vows ? both the vows we make to others, and more binding, those we make to ourselves.
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Studio: Paraclete Press (MA)
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.94" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.59 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher PARACLETE PRESS #810
ISBN 1557255083 ISBN13 9781557255082
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.