The Silence of Our Friends

$9.99

by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos
art: Nate Powell

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

Square Fish
ISBN: 9781250164988

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Description

New York Times-bestselling graphic novel based on the true story of two families–one white and one black–who find common ground as the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas.

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

The Silence of Our Friends follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story. Semi-fictionalized, this story has its roots solidly in very real events. With art from the brilliant Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) bringing the tale to heart-wrenching life, The Silence of Our Friends is a new and important entry in the body of civil rights literature.

Praise for The Silence of Our Friends:

[A]n engrossing narrative about race in America, while honestly dealing with a host of other real-world issues, including familial relationships, friendship, dependency, “other”-ness, and perhaps most importantly, the search for common ground.” — Publishers Weekly

“A moving evocation of a tipping point in our country’s regrettable history of race relations, Long and Demonakos’s story flows perfectly in Eisner and Ignatz Award winner Powell’s graceful and vivid yet unpretty black-and-gray wash.” — Library Journal

“[C]onvincingly depicts the systemic racism, blatant and subtle, that suffused and corroded everything during [the] period…[Popwell’s] imagery amplifies the effects of the book’s multiple perspectives?the overwhelmed kid’s-eye view of uneasy family dynamics and open Texas spaces, the hyperkinetic chaos on campus, the cropped literalism of TV newscasts.” — The New York Times

“Powell uses a mixture of large and small panels along with a variety of frame compositions and points of view to give the book a cinematic realism. From this intimate vantage point, racist incidents are shockingly ugly, while happy domestic moments–as when the kids from both families belt out “Soul Man”–are unself-consciously beautiful. The youthful protagonist and graphic-novel format will plunge readers into a time that can seem very distant. Ideal as a class read, absorbing for solo readers.” — School Library Journal

“Covering a time period of societal unrest from Viet Nam to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Silence uses realistic black-and-white illustrations to convey a subject that is not black and white.” — VOYA

208 page black and white paperback
Square Fish, 2017

Diamond Code: NOV171692

Additional information

Weight11 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 6.25 × 0.6 in