• The Silence That Binds Us

  • By: Joanna Ho
  • Narrated by: Raechel Wong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Joanna Ho, New York Times best-selling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, has written an exquisite, heart-rending debut young adult novel that will inspire all to speak truth to power.

“Powerful and piercing, filled with truth, love, and a heroine who takes back the narrative.” (Abigail Hing Wen, New York Times best-selling author of Loveboat, Taipei)

“A clarion call to search out, listen to, and uplift the narratives that have been silenced.” (Misa Sugiura, author of This Time Will Be Different)

Maybelline Chen isn’t the Chinese Taiwanese American daughter her mother expects her to be. May prefers hoodies over dresses and wants to become a writer. When asked, her mom can’t come up with one specific reason for why she's proud of her only daughter. May’s beloved brother, Danny, on the other hand, has just been admitted to Princeton. But Danny secretly struggles with depression, and when he dies by suicide, May's world is shattered.

In the aftermath, racist accusations are hurled against May's parents for putting too much “pressure” on him. May’s father tells her to keep her head down. Instead, May challenges these ugly stereotypes through her writing. Yet the consequences of speaking out run much deeper than anyone could foresee. Who gets to tell our stories, and who gets silenced? It’s up to May to take back the narrative.

Joanna Ho masterfully explores timely themes of mental health, racism, and classism. 

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©2022 Joanna Ho (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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I am male, white, and as privileged as they come. I also have spent years working with and living among Asian groups, both in my country and in theirs. But this story opened my eyes to a world of pain and struggle I knew was there, but only saw from a distance. Thank you, Joanna Ho, for sharing an angle of the struggle and plight that so easily resonated.

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Beautiful Novel

Highly recommend this text for young adults and adults of all ages. This is a beautifully written novel, tackling tough subjects, relationships, and experiences with careful perspective and narration.

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