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2007 Fiction Winner - Washington Writers’ Publishing House

Bronze Winner - ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in General Fiction 2007

Nominated for Texas Institute of Letters’ Steven Turner Award for Best Work of FirstFiction 2007

The Montserrat Review’s Best Books for Summer Reading 2008

Recommended by Small Press Distributors 2007

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A young woman stands naked in the South Texas dark, silenced by a rich man’s bargain—a roll in the desert for her boyfriend’s release from jail. Miles away, a silent old man climbs into his secret hole, burdened by his Great War bargain—his voice for life with his beloved. On this night in April 1963, the burden of silence passes from old to young on a landscape filled with racial violence. The debut novel of Texas native Elizabeth Bruce, And Silent Left the Place, is a lyric tale of violence, redemption, and love reclaimed in the cruel, dry land of Texas.

“Bruce’s characters leap off the page at you, they have vividness and substance, and the result, reading her work, is that one feels the life there…a deeply gifted writer…”

Richard Bausch