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A Silver Willow by the Shore
By Kelli Stuart
Adult Historical, Contemporary, Time-Slip
Paperback & ebook, 380 Pages
October 15th, 2019 by Fine Print Writing Press
How do you face the future if you don’t know your own past?
When an unexpected pregnancy changes her dreams, seventeen-year-old Annie tries to keep it from her mother and her grandmother. But secrets have a way of coming out. In a household of strong women, the arrival of a new life sets off a spiral of truth that reveals a past full of whispers and lies—a past that existed in another world under the heavy hand of Soviet oppression. This history has dictated the circumstances of the present, but hope, redemption, and forgiveness will grow in the rocky places of these generational differences.
A Silver Willow by the Shore is the story of the unshakeable love between mothers and daughters and of the impact that past decisions can have on present-day circumstances. This novel weaves together the stories of generations of women, from the gulags of 1930’s Siberia to the quiet oppression of 1980’s Soviet Moscow to present-day Tennessee. It is an unforgettable narrative of the treachery of secrets, and of the light that unites the heart of a family.
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I know when someone’s holding a secret. There’s a certain nuance that cannot be fully disguised when one is harboring hidden news. Most people wouldn’t recognize it, but I do. Of course I do. I’ve lived my entire life in whispers.
She steps into the room, and I see it. The secret trails its scent behind her, heavy and thick. It weighs her down, a prisoner’s chain clamped tight around her soul. She moves like a shadow, quiet as if the very breath escaping her lungs might draw our eyes in her direction. Her eyes flit to my face for only a brief instant before turning down. She runs her hand over her hair self-consciously, the long braid hanging limp down the middle of her back. Her hair is still wet, and I cluck my tongue at such carelessness.
She turns her back to me and faces her mother. The two speak in murmured tones. I can’t hear them, but even if I could, translating their harsh syllabic dialogue is still difficult. So I sit mute, and I take in the sounds, the gestures, the unspoken words that shimmer between mother and daughter. And I fight the memories.
They haunt me. Though I’ve spent a lifetime rearranging the facts, I still can’t seem to escape the images. They move through my head in the quiet moments like a mirage. Real or fake? Even I’m not sure anymore. But I’m old, and I’m tired, and I no longer have the energy to fill my days with meaningless tasks to keep the secrets at bay. So they chase me, and they are catching up.
I can’t speak of the memories, of course. Not to anyone. The key to keeping a secret is to replace the hidden news with something different, and then to make yourself believe the new story. Roll the facts through your head until they’ve muddled the reality of events. This is what I’ve done. What I’ve tried to do. This is what she’ll try to do.
Keep it hidden. Share as little as possible. She and I are not so different after all. We’re both rewriting our own history.
About the Author
Kelli is a wife, mother, novelist, and the driver of a smoking' hot minivan. When she isn't wrangling her five children, she can be found tapping away at the keyboard. Kelli is the award-winning author of Like a River From Its Course, her debut novel which won the ACFW Carol Award for Best Historical and was nominated for two Christy Awards. Kelli is also the co-author of Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom with Wendy Speake. You can find more information on her life and writings at www.kellistuart.com.
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