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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

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Also by Heather Gudenkauf:

This Is How I Lied, June 2021
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This Is How I Lied, May 2020
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Before She Was Found, April 2019
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Not a Sound, June 2017
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Missing Pieces, July 2016
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The Weight of Silence, February 2016
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Missing Pieces, February 2016
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Little Mercies, July 2014
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Little Lies, May 2014
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One Breath Away, July 2012
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These Things Hidden, February 2011
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The Weight of Silence, August 2009
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The Weight of Silence
Heather Gudenkauf

MIRA
February 2016
On Sale: January 26, 2016
370 pages
ISBN: 0778319377
EAN: 9780778319375
Kindle: B00DSX0L82
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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Contemporary

Masterfully written and beautifully told, Heather Gudenkauf's debut is a stunning novel of family devotion, honesty and regret that will linger long after the last page is turned.  

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. 

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.  

Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor. 

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

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