The Quality of Silence

The Quality of Silence

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Set in the extreme landscape of Alaska, The quality of silence follows the story of Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby. Yasmin arrives in Alaska to be told her husband, Matt, is dead, the victim of a catastrophic accident. Yasmin, unable to accept this as truth, sets out into the frozen winter landscape, taking Ruby with her in search of answers. But as a storm closes in, Yasmin realizes that a very human danger may be keeping pace with them. And with no one else on the road to help, they must keep moving, alone and terrified, through an endless Alaskan night.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781101903698
1101903694
9781101903674
1101903678
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 25 cm

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ctkvlk
Nov 20, 2016

This novel gives you a fascinating picture of Alaska and has a few twists and turns. Interesting characters. I just saw a documentary about the Iditarod which featured one of the locations in this novel and found it to be very accurate.

multcolib_alisonk Jul 29, 2016

Are you an Ice Road Truckers fan? (It's okay to admit it - you're among friends!) If you're the kind of complex person who enjoys thrills, suspense, mystery and... erm... reality tv... this might be the book for you. Lupton's a good writer, and she builds believable characters with engaging internal dialogue, even if there are a few (well, quite a few) moments where you will have to suspend your disbelief. If you're looking for a fun, escapist read, but you can't abide bad writing, this might be the book for you.

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marsaccess
Apr 21, 2016

This is a great mystery that offers lots of suspense along the way and ends with a big surprise.
Most compelling for me is one of the characters - a 10-year-old girl who is deaf and who shares her love of language through tweets that illustrate how she sees the world. The details about family dynamics and communication - through sign language and a computer - in a family of hearing parents with a deaf child were really well written and thought-provoking.
I'll definitely recommend it to others!

CKoval Apr 05, 2016

4 of 5 stars
I rented this book not having any idea what it was about; I needed a book for the the weekend in a hurry so I grabbed the 1st one I saw. It was better than I expected, though it got a little slow in the middle. Then it started pick back up only to end abruptly. It was like you are waiting for part 2 to come out.

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BWilsoned
Mar 24, 2016

I was captivated by this story--it's tense and suspenseful. Until the ending.
Yasmin and Ruby's predicament upon landing in Alaska spurs Yasmin to step up to a challenge because she's sure her husband is alive, no matter what the state trooper says. Sure, the idea of a woman taking her 10-year-old (I know, Ruby, 10 and a half) daughter on the Dalton Highway in Alaska with a storm approaching is a bit of a stretch, but the intrigue of finding out what really happened up in that little village is quite compelling.
For me, it falls apart at the end, which should have been the high point. Instead of a thrilling conclusion, it kind of deflated for me.

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fouras
Feb 18, 2016

Took me a while to get into it but when I did my eyes could not read fast enough.

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Blabbermouth
Oct 09, 2015

I didn't hate this book & I will try the author one more time but I found this story a bit hard to believe. It just did not seem possible.

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