The Silence and Beyond
The story of a girl-genius and her only true friend
The Gift and Burden of an Extraordinary Friendship…
Now available on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IZ0Y83M
Elizabeth Hartung is noticeable everywhere she goes: beautiful, unbelievably brilliant, unconventional, and troubled, “Bethie” seems to walk a lonely path. But with her on that path is poet and journalist Carol Mandell, her only friend in high school, drawn irresistibly to Bethie’s charismatic and powerful personality, even as Bethie finds grounding and solace in Carol’s thoughtful, sensitive, quietly courageous character. The two girls blossom together into young womanhood at the University of Chicago, in the heart of 1960s civil rights and feminism, while also trying to come to terms with their own needs as children of Holocaust survivors. Their lives diverge; Carol chooses marriage and family, and Bethie blazes a trail of intellectual accomplishment and sexual freedom. But when Carol, in her settled and stable life, receives a suicide note from Bethie, everything she thought she knew about herself will be called into question. She embarks on a psychological, emotional, and spiritual journey to find out what happened to her dearest friend...and what has happened to Carol herself as the years slipped away. Insightful, richly characterized, and suspenseful, The Silence and Beyond is a beautifully observed story of the ways in which our closest friends mirror, challenge, and support us.
"Van Gogh has been quoted as saying that a friend's suicide turns friends into murderers. If Vincent had it right...then on April 23, 1974, I became a murderer."
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 275 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 27, 2014)
Genre: FICTION / Literary