Leila: The Weighted Silence of Memory

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Twelve year old Leila knows little more of the world than the view from her family’s mud-brick hut on the steep slopes of the Atlas Mountains. Her greatest hope is to marry the son of the village shopkeeper and to live like all the women who came before her. Leila’s dreams are destroyed in one night when three strangers take her in payment for her father’s debts. Thus begins her long journey into silence: the silence of a child sold to a brothel in a distant city. The silence of a young woman passed on to a judge who exploits her as his servant. The silence of a barely literate woman who suffers years of rape, beatings and hunger. Leila survives by clinging to memories of her mountain village and the love of her mother. When she meets two sisters determined to improve women’s lives she gains her first glimmering of hope ⎯ and the courage to take her freedom. After a harrowing escape she slowly reclaims her life through the love of a family facing their own search for healing.

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Heather Neff was educated at the University of Michigan and the Sorbonne before earning her Ph.D. at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. Having lived and traveled widely in Europe and the Caribbean, Neff fuses her writing with her work as a translator, corporate trainer and international educator. Neff is the author of the novels Blackgammon, Wisdom - designated an Honor Book by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association - Accident of Birth, Haarlem, and the 2014 Leila II: The Moods of the Sea. A Professor of English Literature at Eastern Michigan University, Neff was named a 2007 Michigan Distinguished Professor by the Presidents Council of the State Universities of Michigan.

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