Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Price Of Silence-Camilla Trinchieri

The Price Of Silence
Camilla Trinchieri
Soho, Jun 2008, $13.00
ISBN: 9781569474976

In Manhattan Emma Perotti teaches English as a second language. Five years ago, Chinese immigrant An-ling Huang signed up to attend Emma's ESL class. Emma felt the frightened young girl’s loneliness and overall defenselessness. Emma suffers from guilt from an incident involving the death of her other child as an infant. She has hidden her culpability from her husband Tom for years. she brings An-ling into her family.

Whereas An-ling thrives on her teacher’s motherly attention; Tom is irate and resents the intruder; An-ling perceives his loathing Emma while Tom’s teenage son Josh forges his own special relationship with her. However, when An-Ling is found suffocated to death, Emma is arrested. During her trial secrets the Perotti conceal from one another and that of the deceased Chinese woman surface.

This is an exciting family drama as guilty secrets lead to an implosion. The story line is fast paced from the moment Emma feels that helping the vulnerable An-ling will give her some solace from what she accidentally did years earlier to her little girl. Although the climax feels too easy, readers will appreciate this look at relationships when lies are key elements of the foundation.

Harriet Klausner

2 comments:

Norie said...

Terrific to see your review of Camilla Trinchieri's paperback edition of The Price of Silence.

Her Italian translation, Il prezzo del silenzio, was just released in Italy yesterday, May 29th 2008.

For more updates check out Trinchieri's website at www.camillatrinchieri.com, and the blog at www.camillatrinchieri.blogspot.com.

We'll bookmark your site on her blog.

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