Finalist for the 2021 VMI Betsy Warland Between Genres Award!
A young girl growing up in a turbulent family setting creates a secret inner world to escape her toxic environment. Emotionally neglected, confused and dislocated, she begins to exhibit erratic behaviour, and while the adults around her are unable to respond with love, her fantasy activity intensifies, sowing the seeds of alienation and a distorted self-image. Keenly observant, knowing and adaptive, she is driven to seek help despite the obstacles in her way, eventually finding the courage to take her first steps towards uncovering the truth.
Told through the eyes of a child in a suite of stories and poetry, Never Make A Sound is a raw, intimate journey of a young girl finding a way to survive in an impossible situation. A true story of resilience and the strength of the human spirit.
Praise for Never Make A Sound
With language that moves deftly from quiet confession to lion's roar, Chiahemen evokes the past as predator, where escape to fantasy is always a close call.
- David James Brock, author of Ten-Headed Alien and Everyone is CO2
Never Make a Sound is a coming-of-age text that is poetry and memoir and found text, and in this braided form echoes the way a subject under psychic pressure must make of themselves a unified person out of the many pieces of discourse and response.
-Wayde Compton, author of The Outer Harbour (winner of the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award) and The Blue Road