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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 City

Marian’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

  • BIOGRAPHY

    Madison Smartt Bell is a critically acclaimed writer of more than a dozen novels and story collections, as well as numerous essays and reviews for publications such as Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review. His books have been finalists for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, among other honors. Bell has also taught at distinguished creative writing programs including the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Johns Hopkins, and Goucher College. His work is notable for its sweeping historical and philosophical scope matched with a remarkable sensitivity to the individual voices of characters on the margins of society.

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