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What is it we cannot hold in our hands that holds us like a fist? This is the question that June, Reni and Sandy must answer. Each of them only wants to return to college to study and write poetry, but the circumstances of their lives make this impossible. Set in 1980s Chicago, June, a trophy wife, denies her future by submerging herself in domestic life as she tries to re ...more
Paperback, 524 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by BookBaby
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Ruth La
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I began reading Sentencing Silence late one evening and before I knew it, it was 10 o’clock in the morning, I couldn’t put it down. I was already a fan of Nesbitt’s poetry, but her prose, laced in lyricism, exceeded my expectations! Quite frankly, this novel blew me away. Nesbitt knows how to hold an audience spellbound with anticipation and bring the reader into both the state of mind of the narrator and the state of how trauma suspends the victims ability to move forward. I particularly resona ...more
Marjorie
Nesbitt is an artist with words, using the precise words that fit with a poetic voice. Sentencing Silence is so vivid I feel like I’ve watched a movie. I can see the neighborhood from the garbage in the alley, the omelettes at Mitchell's, to the whores on the street and the breeze at the lakeshore. I don’t think I’ve ever seen stream of consciousness used so deftly, making the reader feel like they’ve experienced it with the characters. The main character is real. She may only inhabit the pages ...more
Kathryn Gainard
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My review of Sentencing Silence will never come close to even scratching the surface of this novel's depth. The intricate and yet not wordy details flowed from the pages to my mind as effortlessly as if I knew them already. The delicate ebb and flow between characters and stories juxtaposed with the stark, black and white reality of their trauma is guttural and breathtaking. I literally could not put the book down. I found myself relating to all of them in myriad ways. Absolutely stunning. Truly ...more
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Kathleen Cecilia Nesbitt was raised in the suburbs of Chicago until she was old enough to escape the façade of welcome wagons and white picket fences, and flee to the big city. Always enmeshed in a book as a child, her love of imagery, metaphor, and story drew her to study photography, fiction,
and poetry writing at Columbia College. It was there in the Story Workshop classes that the voice a
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