The debut novel of Paris-raised Suzanne Chiasson, Tacet (Guernica 2019), concerns a gifted jazz singer, Charlotte, who takes refuge in the home of an overbearing French patroness of the arts. Feeling trapped within an opulent but unsympathetic world of privilege, the singer goes silent until impetuous Theo arrives and renews her strength for a possible escape. Tacet is a word that indicates a voice or instrument that remains silent.


(Guernica 2019) $20 9781771834216

[BCBW 2019]