So, rather than me writing what I hope people want to know about re: the behind-the-scenes of Daughters of Silence, I asked my IG (Instagram) posse what they want to know. Here, the questions from near and far, and my responses, as well as a little behind-the-scenes action via YouTube.
“A story of trauma and reckoning, of flight and return, told honestly, written boldly.”
– Tessa McWatt, author of Higher Ed
Ash from the Eyjafjallajökul volcano fills the skies. Flights are grounded throughout Europe. Dessie, a cosmopolitan flight attendant from Canada, finds herself stranded in Addis Ababa — her birth place.
Grieving her mother’s recent death, Dessie heads to see her grandfather, the Shaleqa — compelled as much by duty as her own will. But Dessie’s conflicted past stands in her way. Just as the volcano’s eruption disordered Dessie’s work life, so too does her mother’s death cause seismic disruptions in the fine balance of self-deceptions and false histories that uphold her family.
As Dessie reacquaints herself with her grandfather’s house, familiar yet strangely alien to her diasporic sensibilities, she pieces together the family secrets: the trauma of dictatorship and civil war, the shame of unwed motherhood, the abuse met with silence that gives shape to the mystery of her mother’s life.
February 27, 2020. Quebec City, QC. Open Book Diaspora panel
CANCELLED: March 11-15, 2020. Vancouver, B.C. Growing Room Literary & Arts Festival
CANCELLED: March 18, 2020. Vancouver, B.C. Incite: The Secret Lives of Women
CANCELLED: April 16-19, 2020. Hamilton, ON. gritLIT Readers and Writers Festival
The Toronto Star: Daughters of Silence a powerful story of relationships in the diaspora.
Pickle Me This: Daughters of Silence by Rebecca Fisseha
Zora Magazine: My Complicated Feelings Toward Traditional Ethiopian Wear
Get Lit Episode 157: With Rebecca Fisseha
Winnipeg Free Press: Fall’s slate of fiction shaping up to be a bumper crop of buzz-worthy books.
The Miramichi Reader: Daughters of Silence by Rebecca Fisseha.
Atlantic Books Today: Books that explore the impulse to run away.
49th Shelf: Most Anticipated: 2019 Fall Fiction Preview.