Relationships between characters are built on their interactions with each other. What they say, when they say it, etc. In “Days in the History of Silence,” Lindstrom does something very different, exploring a series of relationships that are about what is NOT being said. The silences, the secrets, the unknown pasts, are what animate these people.
It’s a beautiful and strange book, about what happens to people who have never learned how to speak to one another. In gorgeous prose, Lindstrom portrays silence and sorrow, an irony of which the text seems well aware. Come to find the secrets in the characters’ pasts–I know I was chomping at the bit to know–stay for gloriously rendered text and delicately beautiful images.