The Silence and Beyond
By M. L. Schubert
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: February 2014
Genre: Literary Fiction
Formats Available For Review: Paperback, Kindle, PDF
The Silence and Beyond is a deeply personal story told through the memories and poetry of Carol Mandell Simon, who dedicates herself to discovering why her friend Elizabeth Hartung ended her own life.
Elizabeth, “Bethie” 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 Simon, 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.
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