The Listening Silence

An ideal novel to read on a country holiday, The Listening Silence is a lyrical evocation of a way of life rooted in nature. The story — a fantasy of a girl’s vision quest based on Native American lore — tells of Kiri, an orphan girl who grows up under the tutelage of a powerful healer but lacks the courage to become a healer herself. She ventures alone into the wilderness to discover her true calling. Root creates a new vocabulary (”abar,” for example, is a canoelike boat) to make it clear that Silence is fantasy. But these invented words are never a stumbling block. Root’s prose is so vivid and the story so dramatic that the reader easily slips into Kiri’s emotionally compel-ling fictional world. A

The Listening Silence
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