Silent People: Hearing the
of the Dodder
conventional ideas about the world. It
is about keeping secrets and feeling out-of-place in the world, and
seeing things that others cannot see.
It is about the gulf that lies between people who see the same facts in
is about the silent people who inhabit this gulf, this no-man's
land, this invisible green world around us.
The elusive river boy of this story
is seen only through the eyes of Hebe, a young woman who is struggling
to make sense of her world. Through knowing him, she learned to see
nature with new eyes and also to dissemble as she tried to
protect his secrets. He was one of the dodder people, a
hidden race more ancient than
homo sapiens that lives on the edges of our civilization and whose
depends on camouflage and silence.
wanders the borders of fact and folklore, of science and art,
of sanity and madness, as she catches glimpses of the power that draws
the silent people back to their ancient roots.
But is she the
only one who can see it?
There is nobody she can confide
in. The habit of secrecy is too strong in her, long after
her childhood faith
and instincts have
become overlaid with adult rationality.
'Silent People reminds us that
human experience is so intricately layered that it
sometimes defies our normal ranges of perception.'