A Hundred Silent Ways
by Mari Jojie
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Pub Date 04 May 2021 | Archive Date 26 Jul 2022
River Grove Books, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
"(B)ittersweet romance offers up some clever spins on the classic meet-cute while also effectively tackling themes of communication, place, and family." (Kirkus Reviews)
Emotionally gripping and endearingly hopeful, A Hundred Silent Ways examines the many different paths people take to obtain a second chance at happiness while asking the most heartrending questions of all: How much are you willing to endure to keep love alive?
A Note From the Publisher
"Mari Jojie has written a moving debut that explores the utterly isolating depths of loss and what happens next in the unknown. It's a story of healing and redemption."
—Arielle Avila, magazine writer, The Strategist
"A smart romance that shows great promise despite a sudden turn into tear-jerker territory."
"It is a book about learning to find peace in the past while staying open to the present."
—Brian Galetto, award-winning author of Not So Simple: Observations on Poverty and People
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Average rating from 13 members
Words are one of the Hundred Silent Ways to say I'm unconditionally in love with this book.
𝘈 𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘚𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘞𝘢𝘺𝘴 begins with Kate's life coming undone and not for the first time. Filled with torment, she runs off to Manila, Philippines to be with a father she hasn't seen in twenty years. What unfolds is an intricate and intimate web of seemingly impossible coincidences and a chance encounter where Kate might finally meet herself again.
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I don't know where to begin honestly, but there's a phrase in one of my native languages that I'll attribute to this book:
" اُمید پر توہ دنیا قائم ہے۔ "
Hope is what keeps the world alive.
The synopsis gave a vague sense that this was going to be a sweet romance where the characters happen to find themselves as well.
It was that but also so much more. I wasn't foretold it was going to be such a heartwrenching read but in the end it was more than worth it.
With a somber monologue throughout and two genuine, flawsome characters, the story sets you up to live. You feel every bit of the tears they shed, the love they share and every thread of the hope that keeps the world revolving even when everything seems to come to an end.
I will not give away even a miniscule detail regarding the plot because half the distress and half the fun is in grieving along with the characters. And there's ton to grieve for.
What I'll conclude by saying is that, even after the darkest of days and the seemless impossibility of ever finding the will to live again, they survived, they loved and were loved, they found the strength to go on and hope for more which is only testament to their unbeknownst resilience.
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4.97 / 5✩
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘙𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘎𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 & 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘐 𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 & 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘥. 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯.
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