About It Happened in Silence by Karla M. Jay:
Set in a world where women of the KKK betray their neighbors, where horrors of unscrupulous foundling homes come to light, and buried mysteries are not all that hidden. It’s Georgia 1921. Mute since birth, fifteen-year-old Willow Stewart has one task to complete—to leave her Appalachian homestead and find a traveling preacher and her brother, Briar. When a peddler kidnaps her, she escapes only to face an unjust arrest and penal servitude. The laws are not on her side. Or her brother’s.
Briar is serving time on a chain gang with four months left. When an immigrant boy asks him for help, Briar must decide if he should jeopardize his freedom to help the penniless boy.
Soon Willow and Briar become ensnared in a world of cruel secrets, savage truths, deceitful practices, and desperate predicaments. This is a powerful tale of family, a celebration of decency, and the heartbreak of society’s injustices then that rings true today.
This novel delves into the gut and sinew of fairness, probing often inexplicable questions, as old and persistent as the forest itself.
“This interwoven tale of family, resilience, betrayal and the moral evolution of a nation is powerful and stirring. It’s hard not to draw comparisons to Faulkner, both in the deep colloquial writing style, and a memorable narrator separated from the rest of the world. With breath-catching flashes of poetic grace, unexpected descriptive beauty and a meaning-laden flow of prose, It Happened in Silence is a captivating and ambitious achievement.” ~ Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★★
A haunting tale of family, friendship, injustice, resilience, and hope…In her evocative latest, the award-winning Jay takes a fascinating look at the interplay of social upheavals in Georgia in the early 1920s as she tells the story of a young girl’s struggles to reunite with her family. Jay remarkably depicts everyday life in the Appalachians, women’s roles in the KKK, and discrimination… but perhaps best of all is her vivid portrayal of the remarkable Georgia setting. Lovers of women’s fiction and historical fiction won’t want to miss this page-turner. ~ Prairies Book Review ★★★★★
‘An inspiring story of injustice and family loyalty set in turbulent 1920s Georgia. Powerfully written and totally unputdownable!…If you happen to be a fan of Laura Frantz’s Uncommon Woman or The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, this novel is for you. Enjoy! This book’s a gem!’ ~ Wishing Shelf ★★★★★
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Karla M. Jay lives in Utah. She is an award-winning author of When We Were Brave. (2019) When she’s not writing, she’s reading, gardening, playing with her dog, or traveling to new places to try to find a story that has never been told.