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  • ISBN: 9781643750262 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1643750267 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 292 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2021.

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"A woman sits in her apartment in an unnamed ... Read More
Subject: Refugees > Syria > Fiction.
Syrians > Great Britain > Fiction.
Neighborhoods > Fiction.
Mutism > Fiction.
Community life > Fiction.
Psychic trauma > Fiction.

  • Baker & Taylor
    "A woman sits in her apartment in an unnamed English city, absorbed in watching the dramas of her neighbors through their windows. Traumatized into muteness after a long, devastating trip from war-torn Syria to the UK, she believes that she wants to sinkdeeper into isolation, moving between memories of her absent boyfriend and family and her homeland, dreams, and reality. At the same time, she begins writing for a magazine under the pseudonym "the Voiceless," trying to explain the refugee experience without sensationalizing it--or revealing anything about herself. Gradually, as the boundaries of her world expand, she has to make a choice: Will she remain a voiceless observer, or become an active participant in her own life and in a community that, despite her best efforts, is quickly becoming her own?"--
  • Baker & Taylor
    Rendered mute by trauma in war-torn Syria, an isolated young woman witnesses the small dramas of her neighbors in England while writing pseudonymous stories about her refugee experiences, before a local hate crime challenges her voicelessness. 25,000 first printing.
  • Grand Central Pub
    “Lyrical, moving, and revealing."
    —Tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

    A transfixing and beautifully rendered novel about a refugee’s escape from civil war—and the healing power of community.


    A young woman sits in her apartment, watching the small daily dramas of her neighbors across the way. She is an outsider, a mute voyeur, safe behind her windows, and she sees it all—the sex, the fights, the happy and unhappy families. Journeying from her war-torn Syrian homeland to this unnamed British city has traumatized her into silence, and her only connection to the world is the column she writes for a magazine under the pseudonym “the Voiceless,” where she tries to explain the refugee experience without sensationalizing it—or revealing anything about herself.

    Gradually, though, the boundaries of her world expand. She ventures to the corner store, to a bookstore and a laundromat, and to a gathering at a nearby mosque. And it isn’t long before she finds herself involved in her neighbors’ lives. When an anti-Muslim hate crime rattles the neighborhood, she has to make a choice: Will she remain a voiceless observer, or become an active participant in a community that, despite her best efforts, is quickly becoming her own?

    Layla AlAmmar, a Kuwaiti-American writer and brilliant student of Arab literature, delivers here a complex and fluid book about memory, revolution, loss, and safety. Most of all, Silence is a Sense reminds us just how fundamental human connection is to survival.
  • Workman Press.
    'Lyrical, moving, and revealing."
    'tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

    A transfixing and beautifully rendered novel about a refugee's escape from civil war'and the healing power of community.


    A young woman sits in her apartment, watching the small daily dramas of her neighbors across the way. She is an outsider, a mute voyeur, safe behind her windows, and she sees it all'the sex, the fights, the happy and unhappy families. Journeying from her war-torn Syrian homeland to this unnamed British city has traumatized her into silence, and her only connection to the world is the column she writes for a magazine under the pseudonym 'the Voiceless," where she tries to explain the refugee experience without sensationalizing it'or revealing anything about herself.

    Gradually, though, the boundaries of her world expand. She ventures to the corner store, to a bookstore and a laundromat, and to a gathering at a nearby mosque. And it isn't long before she finds herself involved in her neighbors' lives. When an anti-Muslim hate crime rattles the neighborhood, she has to make a choice: Will she remain a voiceless observer, or become an active participant in a community that, despite her best efforts, is quickly becoming her own?

    Layla AlAmmar, a Kuwaiti-American writer and brilliant student of Arab literature, delivers here a complex and fluid book about memory, revolution, loss, and safety. Most of all, Silence is a Sense reminds us just how fundamental human connection is to survival.
  • Workman Press.
    'Lyrical, moving, and revealing."
    'tracy Chevalier, bestselling author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

    A transfixing and beautifully rendered novel about a refugee's escape from civil war'and the healing power of community.


    A young woman sits in her apartment, watching the small daily dramas of her neighbors across the way. She is an outsider, a mute voyeur, safe behind her windows, and she sees it all'the sex, the fights, the happy and unhappy families. Journeying from her war-torn Syrian homeland to this unnamed British city has traumatized her into silence, and her only connection to the world is the column she writes for a magazine under the pseudonym 'the Voiceless," where she tries to explain the refugee experience without sensationalizing it'or revealing anything about herself.

    Gradually, though, the boundaries of her world expand. She ventures to the corner store, to a bookstore and a laundromat, and to a gathering at a nearby mosque. And it isn't long before she finds herself involved in her neighbors' lives. When an anti-Muslim hate crime rattles the neighborhood, she has to make a choice: Will she remain a voiceless observer, or become an active participant in a community that, despite her best efforts, is quickly becoming her own?

    Layla AlAmmar, a Kuwaiti-American writer and brilliant student of Arab literature, delivers here a complex and fluid book about memory, revolution, loss, and safety. Most of all, Silence is a Sense reminds us just how fundamental human connection is to survival.

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