Lyrical realism meets family drama meets sparkling folktale.
Joan, a half-Chinese English conversation teacher unmoored in Europe, flees Budapest for a fresh start. Stepping off the train in Bratislava, she meets Milan, a proud Roma teenager, and they strike up a friendship. Milan helps Joan settle into the city, and in turn, Joan introduces him to Adriana, who has travelled to lay the memory of her dead mother to rest. They form an unlikely trio, bound by love and luck into something like family.
At the crossroads of youthful hope and the startling magic of coincidence, Where the Silver River Ends delves deep into mixed-race identity, systemic oppression, family reconciliation, and what happens when we gather the courage to slip out of the current and make our own way in the world.
Anna Quon is a Mad, mixed-race poet and novelist. She facilitates writing workshops, particularly for the mental health community. Her first novel, Migration Songs, was shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award, and her second, Low, is set in Nova Scotia’s largest psychiatric hospital. Anna lives in Halifax. Learn more at annaquon.ca.
Praise for Where the Silver River Ends:
“Where the Silver River Ends is a rich, engaging novel about the difficulties of being an outsider.” — Foreword Reviews
“[A] thoughtful novel tackling the timeless question of whether fate is in our stars or ourselves.”—Anne Foley, Booklist
Praise for Anna Quon’s other novels:
“An empathetic coming-of-age story about the redemptive power of love.” — Globe and Mail on Low
“Quon writes with a great deal of humour, and she spins a good yarn.” — Quill & Quire on Migration Songs