Live via Zoom:
Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 PM ET
Layla AlAmmar presents Silence Is a Sense
In conversation with Zahra Hankir
Layla AlAmmar, author of The Pact We Made, presents her American debut, Silence Is a Sense, a transfixing and beautifully rendered novel about a refugee’s escape from civil war—and the healing power of community. Journeying from her war-torn Syrian homeland to this unnamed British city has traumatized her into silence, and her only connection to the world is the column she writes for a magazine under the pseudonym “the Voiceless”. Gradually the boundaries of her world expand, but when an anti-Muslim hate crime rattles the neighborhood, she has to make a choice: Will she remain a voiceless observer, or become an active participant in a community that, despite her best efforts, is quickly becoming her own? AlAmmar delivers here a complex and fluid book about memory, revolution, loss, and safety. Most of all, Silence is a Sense reminds us just how fundamental human connection is to survival. Zahra Hankir, journalist and editor of Our Women on the Ground, joins AlAmmar in conversation at this virtual book talk!