"Simply put, This Heavy Silence is a great read…this is a complex and layered novel about the choices we make and the relationships we build. ”
- Chicago Sun-Times (Complete Review)


Named by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2005- "An understated literary gem.”

CT Best Fiction Book of the Year - “Her characters are developed masterfully, & her prose style is both beautiful and precise.”



2006 Christy
First Novel Award

Publisher's Weekly
on the Christy Award




“Mazzarella treats her protagonist as an individual of consequence. She treats her with respect.”
- Ohioana Quarterly
(complete review)

"This is a novel about family and history, about loneliness and love, about seasons
of growth. Ambitious and bittersweet.”
Sheri Reynolds, author of Rapture of Canaan (Oprah Book Club)

“This Heavy Silence is a fiercely beautiful meditation on will, desire and love's limitations. The work of an artist of deep commitment, it will linger long in readers' memories."
- Erin McGraw, author of The Good Life

"Nicole Mazzarella offers a subtle and enduring beauty, born of intense interiority, and vision both broad and deep." -
Scott Cairns, author of Philokalia: New & Selected Poems