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  • 2021 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award 
  • 2021 Finalist Wishing Shelf Book Award
  • 2021 Runner Up Historical Fiction Top Shelf Award
  • 2020 Finalist for the Book Excellence Award
  • 2020 Distinguished Favorite, Historical Fiction,  Independent Press Award
  • "A hauntingly beautiful book. Against the backdrop of terror and heartache in America in 1921, Jay celebrates human resiliency, hope and redemption.  ~ Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times best-selling author of Funny in Farsi
  • Jay's book opens a window on a period of intense social change that is often only superficially explored in modern literature. Her deft characterizations alone make this novel a worthy read.-US Review of Books
  • "This interwoven tale of family, resilience, betrayal and the moral evolution of a nation is powerful and stirring. It's hard not to draw comparisons to Faulkner, both in the deep colloquial writing style, and a memorable narrator separated from the rest of the world. With breath-catching flashes of poetic grace, unexpected descriptive beauty and a meaning-laden flow of prose, It Happened in Silence is a captivating and ambitious achievement." ~  Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★★
  • A haunting tale of family, friendship, injustice, resilience, and hope...In her evocative latest, the award-winning Jay takes a fascinating look at the interplay of social upheavals in Georgia in the early 1920s as she tells the story of a young girl's struggles to reunite with her family. Jay remarkably depicts everyday life in the Appalachians, women's roles in the KKK, and discrimination... but perhaps best of all is her vivid portrayal of the remarkable Georgia setting. ~ Prairies Book Review ★★★★★
  • 'An inspiring story of injustice and family loyalty set in turbulent 1920s Georgia. Powerfully written and totally unputdownable!...If you happen to be a fan of Laura Frantz's Uncommon Woman or The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, this novel is for you. Enjoy! This book's a gem!' ~ Wishing Shelf ★★★★★
  • This gripping historical suspense that had me racing towards the end, hoping against hope for that happy ending. I was not disappointed.  With authoritative prose and a compelling plot, It Happened in Silence by Karla M. Jay comes highly recommended ~ Chick Lit Café.
  • The gorgeous narrative flows like a peaceful river through this riveting and tumultuous tale. ~ Indies Today Review ★★★★★


Honorable Mention in the 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award Historical Fiction Category

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Book Circle Press (October 30, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 344 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0578792516
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0578792514
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.02 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.78 x 9 inches
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Karla M. Jay is the award-winning author of When We Were Brave and It Happened in Silence. She has wanted to write books since she was seven. Originally from the east coast, she makes her home in Salt Lake City. Over the years she has written in several different genres, ranging from humor to noir, but currently is focused on historical fiction. When she's not writing, she's reading, gardening, playing with her dog, or traveling to new places to try to find a story that has never been told.

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