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Author: Peggy Webb Narrator: Nicole Poole Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781629238180
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Following in the footsteps of her tiger-taming grandmother, a woman flees her abusive husband to join the circus in this masterful, heartfelt work of women’s fiction.

Nobody in the family talks about Ellen’s grandmother Lola, who was swallowed up by the circus and emerged as a woman who tamed tigers and got away scot-free for killing her husband. When Ellen’s husband Wayne beats her nearly to death, she runs to the only place she knows where a woman can completely disappear—the same Big Top that once sheltered her grandmother.

Though the circus moves from one town to the next, Wayne tracks it—and Ellen—relentlessly. At the same time, Ellen learns more about her feisty, fiery relative and the heritage that is hers for the taking—if she dares. With her violent husband hot on her trail, Ellen must learn to stand up and fight for herself, break the cycle of abuse, and pass down a story of love and redemption to her children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Language of Silence is a fast-paced circus story in the vein of Water for Elephants. The meek protagonist’s development from submissive to assertive reads naturally with several poignant moments chipping away at her nervousness little by little. The backdrop of a traveling circus in the modern world is well researched and colorful.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “You wouldn’t think a story about spousal abuse could be magical, but that’s what the prolific Webb has accomplished with this page-turning novel about Ellen Blair, a battered wife in the early 1970s Deep South…Webb’s disturbing portrait of abuse is balanced by the wit and whimsy supplied by Ellen’s eccentric great-aunt, Ruth Gibson, who uses her power of second sight to help Ellen escape a desperate situation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author writes a heroine for readers to root for as Ellen strikes out on her own and learns to stand up for herself. Verdict: Anticipation builds as Ellen and Ruth embrace circus life and become part of the tight-knit family of performers.”

    Library Journal

  • “Nicole Poole delivers the rich atmospheres of this story of a woman’s triumph over her abusive husband…Poole deftly presents the many characters, ranging from kids to circus patriarchs. She finds the key to the feisty and steadfast Ruth as a character to be reckoned with, portraying the transformation of a tentative abused wife to an independent woman who rediscovers her strength and purpose. Poole’s narration and the well-crafted story are a compelling combination. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Peggy Webb is a USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy books in multiple genres. She composed the blues lyrics that thread throughout The Sweetest Hallelujah (written as Elaine Hussey), a literary fiction novel that garnered critical acclaim. She has won numerous awards, and several of her books have been optioned for film.

About the Narrator

Nicole Poole is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, commercial voice talent, veteran soundpainter, and owner of the O. Gail Poole Collection. She is also a staunch supporter of the arts and travels around the globe with a mobile recording studio.