Superbowl Sunday, 2022. A couple wait in their Manhattan apartment for their final dinner guests to arrive. The game is about it start. The missing guests' flight from Paris should have landed by now.
Suddenly, screens go blank. Phones are dead. Is this the end of civilization? All anybody can do is wait.
From one of America’s greatest writers, The Silence is a timely and compelling novel about what happens when an unpredictable crisis strikes.
'The Silence is Don DeLillo distilled . . . a straight shot of the good stuff' – Spectator
An apocalyptic novel for our times ― Guardian, Book of the Week
The Silence is a horrifyingly resonant book ― Observer
Slim and timely ― New Statesman
[DeLillo] is our laureate of paranoia and dread . . . [The Silence] is a pristine disaster novel . . . his best writing
here reminds us that, as he puts it . . . “Life can get so interesting that we forget to be afraid”
-- Dwight Garner ― New York Times
DeLillo’s mastery of the fragmented nature of spoken language is displayed in these paranoiac
blurts, which every years seem less paranoiac . . . [a] brilliant, brief tale
-- J Michael Lennon ― TLS
DeLillo is a master stylist, and not a word goes to waste -- Anne Enright ― Guardian
Few people write as gorgeously as DeLillo can ― Daily Telegraph
The Silence is DeLillo distilled . . . a straight shot of the good stuff ― Spectator
A swift and searing haunting of a novel. An encapsulation of our continuing crisis of aberration and pause. The Silence is prime DeLillo. -- Joy Williams
In this wry and cutting meditation on collective loss, a rupture severs us, suddenly, from everything we’ve come to rely on. The Silence seems to absorb DeLillo’s entire body of work and sand it into stone or crystal. -- Rachel Kushner