In a Vertigo of Silence

About the Author: Miriam Polli

Born in Brooklyn, of Italian immigrant parents, Miriam spent the majority of her life in New York She recently moved to Key West, Florida where the writing community is very active Miriam has just completed her first novel, In a Vertigo of Silence.Miriam s love for words began in the fourth grade, when she won a school competition for her story, The Magic Hat At the age of fifteen she revised h Born in Brooklyn, of Italian immigrant parents, Miriam spent the majority of her life in New York She recently moved to Key West, Florida where the writing community is very active Miriam has just completed her first novel, In a Vertigo of Silence.Miriam s love for words began in the fourth grade, when she won a school competition for her story, The Magic Hat At the age of fifteen she revised her children s story and sent it along to Simon and Schuster She says, When I received my first glowing rejection slip from Simon and Schuster, on their neatly typed official letterhead, I was exhilarated I felt the beginnings of what it could be like to be an author The year before John Gardner s untimely death, Miriam attended a lecture at a local university in New York where Gardner was the keynote speaker When she approached him, he asked her to send him a story That weekend, she sat down and wrote a short story Six months later, John Gardner wrote her a letter You write brilliantly your character s are vivid and real, and your language is superb A Matter of Difference, intended for a literary magazine, was later published in Playgirl Magazine.Through the years Miriam published short stories and poetry in various literary magazines She won a Pen Syndicated Fiction Award, and her story Sophia s Cat was published in a number of newspapers across the country She was recently awarded the 11th annual Robert Frost Poetry Contest for her poem First Born


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  • Paperback
  • 290 pages
  • In a Vertigo of Silence
  • Miriam Polli
  • English
  • 08 April 2017
  • 0991328167

In a Vertigo of Silence In Miriam Polli s debut novel, IN A VERTIGO OF SILENCE, Emily, the young protagonist, discovers a family secret and thinks, I know now that secrets run in the blood and bones of those who came before This intensely moving, multi generational novel follows the lives of women, both strong and frail shrouded, at times warped, by the confines of a long held secret Polli has drawn characters with empathy and poignancy as Emily strives to change the destiny of her family. Best Download In a Vertigo of Silence Author Miriam Polli For Kindle ePUB or eBook – onedayyourdayweddings.co.uk

10 thoughts on “In a Vertigo of Silence

  1. Diane S ☔ says:

    3.5 this is one of those quiet stories that creep up on you slowly Three generations of women, starting in the 1920 s, when the matriarch arrives with her husband from Poland He find employment in the mines, but dies there as does her second husband, Boris Alone she raises her three daughters, one who has some severe mental issues that is never really talked about in the beginning of the book A few family secrets will eventually come to light, discovered by Emily, a granddaughter who was bas 3.5 this is one of those quiet stories that creep up on you slowly Three generations of women, starting in the 1920 s, when the matriarch arrives with her husband from Poland He find employment in the mines, but dies there as does her second husband, Boris Alone she raises her three daughters, one who has some severe mental issues that is never really talked about in the beginning of the book A few family secr...

  2. Elyse says:

    As I was reading this story about three different generations of a Polish Immigrant family I began to not only be engaged in the collective memories at hand but also notice symbolic spiritual connections to the moon as a symbol of women To be honest, I think many readers won t even notice the symbolic connections of woman the moon It won t matter, because the story...

  3. Carmen Blankenship says:

    Ever read a book that just gets better and better as each page flies by In Vertigo of Silence takes us three generations of women With each chapter and each word I becameandemotionally invested This is because Miriami Polli is an artist with words I was fascinated and 100% invested in the lives of these women You will laugh, cry, empathize, feel angry and be shocked This book will go down as one of my favorites in 2015.Thank you Netgalley and Serving House Books for the opport Ever read a book that just gets better and better as each page flies by In Vertigo of Silence takes us three generations of women With each chapter and each word I becameandemotionally invested This is because Miriami Polli is an artist with words I was fascinated and 1...

  4. Fictionophile says:

    Just like a person s memories are snatches of time not in chronological order, so too is In a vertigo of silence Written as the collective memory of a family, the novel moves back and forth in time to reveal snatches of the lives of three different generations of a Polish immigrant family.The writing style could be confusing and distracting, but it is not This is due to the fully rounded characterizations and the skillful writing With loss and female tenacity as recurring themes throughou Just like a person s memories are snatches of time not in chronological order, so too is In a vertigo of silence Written as the collective memory of a family, the novel moves back and fo...

  5. Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits) says:

    I was attracted to In A Vertigo Of Silence by both its atmospheric cover art and its title I do love an enigmatic book title I received a copy from its publishers, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.In A Vertigo Of Silence takes within the lives of the women in three generations of a Polish family who emigrated to America in the 1920s Initially only able to find poor housing and the most dangerous of jobs, the Grandmother, affectionately known as Babcia, loses her husband when he I was attracted to In A Vertigo Of Silence by both its atmospheric cover art and its title I do love an enigmatic book title I received a copy from its publ...

  6. Tish says:

    This has the potential to be a really great book It tells the story of a family mostly the women through the eyes of several of the women at different points in time I rather enjoyed the alternating POVs and the jumps in time and they were clearly indicated, so there was no confusion.There were two main problems, in my opinion One, there needs to be some serious editing and proofreading I m accustomed to reading early copies of books as this was and there are often some formatting and This has the potential to be a really great book It tells the story of a family mostly the women through the eyes of several of the women at different points in time I rather enjoyed the alternating POVs and the jumps in time and they were clearly indicated, so there was no confusion.There were two main problems, in my opinion One, there needs to be some serious editing and proofreading I m accustomed to reading early copies of books as this was and there are often some formatting and punctuation errors and the like, but I felt like this one shoul...

  7. Dianne says:

    Filled with atmosphere and emotion, Miriam Polli s In a Vertigo of Silence tells a tale of the women of an immigrant family, generation by generation, from first coming to America to becoming Americanized years later Powerfully written, in the voices of each generation, it all seems to come back to a young girl, Emily, who has uncovered secrets in the closet of the family she loves From poverty to illness, to self serving tendencies, each women is, in her own unique way a huge piece of this Filled with atmosphere and emotion, Miriam Polli s In a Vertigo of Silence tells a tale of the women of an immigrant family, generation by generation, from first coming to America to becoming Americanized years later Powerfu...

  8. Kerry says:

    At first I was a little confused by the changing of characters and dates but as I got into the story it was easier to follow along This books is about three generations of strong women that try to do the best for each other The combination of lies, abuse, betrayal, and secrets keep this family together and in pieces This is a wonderful book to read Emily, wow, I just loved this character She is strong and determined Everyone has lied to her and yet she has forgiven them all Granted she ma At first I was a little confused by the changing of characters and dates but as I got into the story it was easier to follow along This books is about three generations of strong women that try to do the best for each other The combination of lies, abuse, betrayal, and secrets keep this family together and in pieces This is a wonderful book to read Emily, wow, I just loved this character She is strong and determined Everyone has lied to her and yet she has forgiven them all Granted she makes some mistakes but ends up doing what is best for her child I love how her story goes full circle Marishka, Emily s...

  9. Fab says:

    I find it really hard to shelve this book under just one category In a Vertigo of Silence is a story about an immigrant family that has to deal with mental illness, substance abuse, and a complicated relationship between siblings and parents.The book is divided in chapters that span from the late 20 s to the 60 s, alternating the story of Paulina and Emily The historical elements of the books were great, I truly found myself immersed in the 20 s jazz culture thanks to amazing scenes portraye I find it really hard to shelve this book under just one category In a Vertigo of Silence is a story about an immigrant family that has to deal with mental illness, substance abuse, and a complicated relationship between siblings and parents.The book is divided in chapters that span from the late 20 s to the 60 s, alternating the story of Paulina and Emily The historical elements of the books were great, I truly found myself immersed in the 20 s jazz culture thanks to amazing scenes portrayed by the author The frail nature of the characters is also very relatable and made me grow fond of Paulina and Babcia in particular.On the other hand, I did not feel the same sympathy for Emily s character, and her storyline didn t interest me a...

  10. Sara Beary says:

    This was orginally reviewed on Sara s Books and things This book spans a wide period of time, from about 1920 1966 Granted it s not linear it s divided up into chapters switching from Emily s perspective to one of her relatives in the past.The story is one that makes you stop and think It deals with adultery, death, abuse and mental illness in a time when it was even less understood All things that are powerful on their own, but woven together as skillfully as Miriam has, it s breath taking This was orginally reviewed on Sara s Books and things This book spans a wide period of time, from about 1920 1966 Granted it s not linear it s divided up into chapters switching from Emily s perspective to one of her r...