At What Cost, Silence?

Cover of historical novel, At What Cost, Silence?

At What Cost, Silence? is a historical novel about a young man grappling with questions of integrity and masculinity. He and his unconventional sister and slave brother struggle for respect and a future among dark secrets and unbridled passions of two Texas plantation dynasties.

In this nineteenth century society strict rules of belief and behavior are clear, and public opinion can shape an entire life. Centerstage are the Villeres, whose tragedy is less brutal than the Harts but is no less devisive. Often absent Papa Paien Villere holds several secrets he has held from everyone, including one which could destroy his entire family.

Young Villere is sexually abused by an older person he trusts and is so shamed he keeps silent.

Family secrets are detrimental to everyone, especially children.

How can we trust when there are secrets? When the people we should be able to trust most fail us?

Typical farm in Washington County, Texas, where novel takes place.

“At What Cost, Silence is a family saga that transforms the way we see the past, turning over little-known stones of history by focusing on the antebellum world of East Texas. This is both an epic novel spanning decades of history, culture and politics, and an intimate, passionate tale of love and morality, rooted deeply in the contradictions and complexities of its many characters. Klink has captured it all with great care and compassion and understanding.”

Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses

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