In Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Nadya Lysenko has built her life on a foundation of secrets. When she was 16, Nadya snuck out of her house in Western Ukraine to meet a fortuneteller in the woods. She never expected it to be the last time she would see her family. Decades later, Nadya continues to be haunted by the death of her parents and sisters. The myths and magic of her childhood are still a part of her reality: Dreams unite friends across time and space, house spirits misplace keys and glasses, and a fortuneteller's cards predict the future.
Nadya's beloved dead insist on being heard through dreams and whispers in the night. They want the truth to come out. Nadya needs to face her past and confront the secrets she buried. Too often the women of history have been silenced, but their stories have power-to reveal, to teach, and to transform. This is one such story.
Would you try another book from Valya Dudycz Lupescu and/or Xe Sands?
Probably not...Maybe if I were paid extra credits for wasting hours of my life I would consider it.
What could Valya Dudycz Lupescu have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
The main character, Nadia, is incredibly annoying. Over and over her "guides" have to tell her things that any moron could figure out. She and the narration keep saying how important it is to tell one's stories, but she takes forever to tell her family her own. She thinks things to herself and can never seem to just spit it out. It gets to the point where you wish the writer would put her out of her misery-- Save yourself the trouble of reading this. The story is predictable and unless you are interested in Ukrainian folklore and traditions there is nothing worthwhile to this.
How could the performance have been better?
Maybe if the narrator didn't whisper in an insipid fashion it would be better.
What character would you cut from The Silence of Trees?
Any additional comments?
Don't ever listen to anything read by this narrator. I have never written a review criticizing a narrator. Normally, I can adjust to anything, but this woman is truly awful.
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