Silence Once Begun (Paperback)

By Jesse Ball

Vintage, 9780345805522, 232pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014



Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as "the Narito Disappearances," the crime has authorities baffled--until a confession appears on the police's doorstep, signed by one Oda Sotatsu, a thread salesman.
Sotatsu is arrested, jailed, and interrogated, but he refuses to speak. Even as his family comes to visit, even as his execution looms, and even as a young woman named Jito Joo enters his cell, he maintains his vow of silence. And as a journalist's obsession uncovers more to the story, Jesse Ball spins a wildly inventive and emotionally powerful take of unjust conviction and lost love.

About the Author

Jesse Ball is the author of three previous novels, including "Samedi the Deafness, " and several books of verse, bestiaries, and sketchbooks. His awards include the 2008 "Paris Review" Plimpton Prize; his verse has been included in the Best American Poetry series. He gives classes on lucid dreaming and lying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.