Review: In a Vertigo of Silence

Book Title: In a Vertigo of Silence

Book Author: Miriam Polli

Book Rating: ☆☆ (2 out of 5 stars)

Synopsis: “In Miriam Polli’s debut novel, Emily, the young protagonist, discovers a family secret and thinks, I know now that secrets run in the blood and bones of those who came before. This intensely moving, multi-generational novel follows the lives of women, both strong and frail—shrouded, at times warped, by the confines of a long-held secret. Polli has drawn characters with empathy and poignancy as Emily strives to change the destiny of her family.

I find books that revolve around a family secret to be very intriguing.  The synopsis of this novel states that this story is about Emily, and her discovery of a long buried family secret.  The description isn’t incorrect, but you should be aware that Emily doesn’t discover this family secret until about two-thirds of the way through the story.  I explain of all of this to simply say that this novel has a very slow build.  It is very beautifully written, and I enjoyed reading about the women in this Polish family; but the plot moved excruciatingly slow, and it was at times nearly impossible for me to muddle my way through the rest of the book.

The story is told from the perceptive of three different women, and the timeline jumps around quite a bit, but the author has laid out everything in a way that is very easy to follow.  The characters themselves were fleshed out nicely, although I had a hard time connecting with any of them.  Overall, this book was “just okay” for me, and I would have a hard time recommending it to anyone.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.


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