First-person narrator Dessie is a flight attendant, who, shortly after her mother’s death in Canada, finds herself stranded in her birth place, Ethiopia, due to the ash and smoke from the volcano in Iceland that closed the skies to air travel in 2010.
Duty commands her to pay her respects to her grandfather, Shaleqa, as soon as she arrives, but Dessie’s conflicted past stands in her way. The family holds multiple secrets, and just as the volcano’s eruption disordered Dessie’s work life, so does her mother’s death cause seismic disruptions in the fine balance of self-deceptions, lies, and false histories that characterizes the relationships among Dessie’s family members.
From the trauma of Italy’s invasion to the shame of unwed motherhood, and abuse that meets with silence, Dessie pieces together the mystery of her mother’s life, and through that process, comes to terms with her own. Psychologically astute, and filled with metaphor, wisdom, and the vibrant colours of Ethiopian life, Daughters of Silence will satisfy readers who loved and Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
Rights Holder: Transatlantic Agency
rights sold: English-language in Canada (Goose Lane Editions)
rights available: World
number of pages: 276
publication date: 09/10/2019
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book