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After married couple Zoe and Jake survive an avalanche, they are shocked to discover that every single person in their French Pyrenees resort has disappeared — and not only everyone in their resort but everyone in the entire town as well. Their dogged attempts at communication and escape are thwarted at every turn. Frustrated and bewildered, they begin to notice that things are not quite right with their environment and also, ominously, with each other. Joyce writes a taut, eerie, chilling tale that becomes more unbearably nerve-wracking with every page; increasing terror bubbles just under the surface. I so loved this book! Oh, Graham Joyce: you are my new favorite author! Jonathan Lethem could not have been more accurate when he wrote, "I won't bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him."
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Award-winning novelist and cult favorite Graham Joyce transports readers to a mysterious world of isolation and fear with a hypnotically dark story about a young couple trapped by an avalanche in the remote French Pyrenees... a daring and powerful novel about love, loss, and rebirth.

In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow — only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone. They are trapped by the storm, completely isolated, with another catastrophic avalanche threatening to bury them alive... again. And as the couple begin to witness unset­tling events neither one can ignore, they are forced to con­front a frightening truth about the silent land they now inhabit.

Award-winning author Graham Joyce has written a mysteri­ous masterpiece, a tour de force that will thrill fans of Peter Straub and the hit television show Lost.

Review:

“Brave and ultimately heartbreaking....A classic in the making.” The Washington Post

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“I won’t bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him.” Jonathan Lethem

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“Graham Joyce’s near-perfect novella of near-death experience, isolation, and winter cold is a tour de force....A study in classic supernatural fiction.” The Independent (London)

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“Stark, layered, ominous and... appealing.” The New York Times

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“Joyce’s crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for Jake and Zoe's tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, The Silent Land brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond.” The Seattle Times

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“As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly.” Los Angeles Times

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“Mesmerizing....This is a lean, philosophically sophisticated book, and Joyce’s ability to slip into its short length heady meditations on love, death, and the state of contemporary society is a measure of his craftiness.” Richmond Times-Dispatch

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“[An] eerie, wintry fable....Delivers a chilling thrill....Perfect for a Sunday afternoon as the dusk begins to fall.” The Scotsman

Review:

“A book as crisp as new snow....Compelling....You’ll laugh, albeit nervously; you’ll cry, unless you’re completely heartless; you’ll give your nearest and dearest hugs without really being able to explain why you’re so glad to see them — really, what more do you want from a novel?” SFX.com

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“I became a rabidly devoted fan of Graham Joyce’s the first time I read is work.” Peter Straub

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“[Graham Joyce] is one of those writers who make traditional literary distinctions–horror versus fantasy, genre versus mainstream–seem not only trivial, but irrelevant as well....The Silent Land is one of his most dreamlike, emotionally resonant creations to date....A suspenseful, otherworldly adventure and a metaphysical love story as real and affecting as anything you’re likely to encounter in contemporary fiction.” Subterranean Press

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“How fully Joyce re-creates the eerie border country that Jake refers to as ‘the seams between life and death.’....The Silent Land suggests that the ultimate question is whether we can wake up from our comfortably numb state before it’s too late.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Review:

“Joyce is skilled at delineating the fracture lines of relationships, and sets up the Bennetts’ claustrophobic confinement in minute detail, showing how their love for each other withstands and overcomes the growing mystery of their circumstances....Moving.” The Guardian (London)

Review:

“Joyce paints a tapestry of intrigue and Hitchcock-like suspense, sort of a cross between Stephen King’s The Langoliers and The Twilight Zone....Phenomenal.” Bookreporter

Review:

“Anyone who isn’t reading Graham Joyce is doing themselves a huge disservice. No matter what kind of story he takes on, his work immediately becomes the standard to which all others have to be compared.” Charles de Lint

Synopsis:

When Jake and Zoe are buried under a flash avalanche while skiing in the French Pyrenees, they miraculously dig their way out from under the snow — only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. With their phones cut off, and the village evacuated of every living soul, the young married couple begin to witness strange, unsettling events neither one can ignore. And as the days wear on, they are forced to confront frightening possibilities as they attempt to survive and escape the silent land they now inhabit.

About the Author

Graham Joyce, a winner of the O. Henry Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England, with his family. His books include How to Make Friends with Demons, Smoking Poppy, Indigo (a New York Times Notable Book of 2000), The Tooth Fairy (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998), and Requiem, among others.

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lornajstickel, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by lornajstickel)
This book about a couple caught in an avalanche in the French Pyrenees is one of those books that catches you from the first page. You know that something isn't right fairly soon since after their self rescue there are no other people around and yet the village is all working, at least for a while. They try to escape to another town but no matter what route they take they keep returning to the same place. Once the hallucinations begin and time begins to start to go faster, then you know something is up. The husband and wife are likable and believable and I got vested in what happens to them. I caught on to the ending before getting there, but not by too much. I really enjoyed this book, and the author evokes the place and the circumstances very well, I felt the cold and the strangeness of what was happening as if I were present. Not high lit, but very good story and well told. I was not aware of this British writer, but I will seek out more titles.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307739827
Author:
Joyce, Graham
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.18 x 0.8 in 0.64 lb

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Product details 272 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307739827 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

After married couple Zoe and Jake survive an avalanche, they are shocked to discover that every single person in their French Pyrenees resort has disappeared — and not only everyone in their resort but everyone in the entire town as well. Their dogged attempts at communication and escape are thwarted at every turn. Frustrated and bewildered, they begin to notice that things are not quite right with their environment and also, ominously, with each other. Joyce writes a taut, eerie, chilling tale that becomes more unbearably nerve-wracking with every page; increasing terror bubbles just under the surface. I so loved this book! Oh, Graham Joyce: you are my new favorite author! Jonathan Lethem could not have been more accurate when he wrote, "I won't bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him."

"Review" by , “Brave and ultimately heartbreaking....A classic in the making.”
"Review" by , “I won’t bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him.”
"Review" by , “Graham Joyce’s near-perfect novella of near-death experience, isolation, and winter cold is a tour de force....A study in classic supernatural fiction.”
"Review" by , “Stark, layered, ominous and... appealing.”
"Review" by , “Joyce’s crisp prose, transparent as ice crystals, is the perfect medium for Jake and Zoe's tale. Emotion-laden yet unsentimental, unflinchingly attuned to the fluencies of love, The Silent Land brings us to the brink of death and gives a glimpse of the unfathomable beauty lying beyond.”
"Review" by , “As engaging as a twisted fireside yarn and paced almost as quickly.”
"Review" by , “Mesmerizing....This is a lean, philosophically sophisticated book, and Joyce’s ability to slip into its short length heady meditations on love, death, and the state of contemporary society is a measure of his craftiness.”
"Review" by , “[An] eerie, wintry fable....Delivers a chilling thrill....Perfect for a Sunday afternoon as the dusk begins to fall.”
"Review" by , “A book as crisp as new snow....Compelling....You’ll laugh, albeit nervously; you’ll cry, unless you’re completely heartless; you’ll give your nearest and dearest hugs without really being able to explain why you’re so glad to see them — really, what more do you want from a novel?”
"Review" by , “I became a rabidly devoted fan of Graham Joyce’s the first time I read is work.”
"Review" by , “[Graham Joyce] is one of those writers who make traditional literary distinctions–horror versus fantasy, genre versus mainstream–seem not only trivial, but irrelevant as well....The Silent Land is one of his most dreamlike, emotionally resonant creations to date....A suspenseful, otherworldly adventure and a metaphysical love story as real and affecting as anything you’re likely to encounter in contemporary fiction.”
"Review" by , “How fully Joyce re-creates the eerie border country that Jake refers to as ‘the seams between life and death.’....The Silent Land suggests that the ultimate question is whether we can wake up from our comfortably numb state before it’s too late.”
"Review" by , “Joyce is skilled at delineating the fracture lines of relationships, and sets up the Bennetts’ claustrophobic confinement in minute detail, showing how their love for each other withstands and overcomes the growing mystery of their circumstances....Moving.”
"Review" by , “Joyce paints a tapestry of intrigue and Hitchcock-like suspense, sort of a cross between Stephen King’s The Langoliers and The Twilight Zone....Phenomenal.”
"Review" by , “Anyone who isn’t reading Graham Joyce is doing themselves a huge disservice. No matter what kind of story he takes on, his work immediately becomes the standard to which all others have to be compared.”
"Synopsis" by , When Jake and Zoe are buried under a flash avalanche while skiing in the French Pyrenees, they miraculously dig their way out from under the snow — only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. With their phones cut off, and the village evacuated of every living soul, the young married couple begin to witness strange, unsettling events neither one can ignore. And as the days wear on, they are forced to confront frightening possibilities as they attempt to survive and escape the silent land they now inhabit.
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