Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Language of Silence by Peggy Webb Review

Title: The Language of Silence
Author: Peggy Webb
Genre: Women's Fiction
Pages: 336
Price: $10.38
Thoughts: Awe-Inspiring

Book Synopsis:

Following in the footsteps of her tiger-taming grandmother, a woman flees her abusive husband to join the circus in this masterful, heartfelt work of women’s fiction.

Peggy Webb won raves for her debut novel, The Tender Mercy of Roses*, with novelist Pat Conroy calling her “a truly gifted writer.” Now Webb has crafted a poignant portrayal of a woman on the edge seeking solace in the past.

Nobody in the family talks about Ellen’s grandmother Lola, who was swallowed up by the circus and emerged as a woman who tamed tigers and got away scot-free for killing her husband. When Ellen’s husband, Wayne, beats her nearly to death, she runs to the only place she knows where a woman can completely disappear—the same Big Top that once sheltered her grandmother. Though the circus moves from one town to the next, Wayne tracks it, and Ellen, relentlessly. At the same time, Ellen learns more about her feisty, fiery relative, and the heritage that is hers for the taking—if she dares. With her violent husband hot on her trail, Ellen must learn to stand up and fight for herself, to break the cycle of abuse, and pass down a story of love and redemption to her children.


Peggy Webb's ability to paint a picture with words is awe-inspiring. I found myself immediately pulled into the story and found the book impossible to put down. Those looking for a truly heart-felt, amazing read should definitely add The Language of Silence to their TBR pile.


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