top of page

When her daughter is expelled from high school for smoking weed, Vermont preschool teacher Annie Mulligan goes full Mama Bear to get her baby into college on schedule. Annie homeschools, grovels for an Answer Key, dissects roadkill—she’ll do anything for Cara, except tell the whole truth.


Cara feels banished to social hell. She wants to go to school, track practice, her senior prom … and keep her best friend’s pregnancy top secret.


Although she excels at teaching ABCs and nursery rhymes, Annie discovers she still sucks at chemistry and algebra. She pretends she can teach high school courses, but mother and daughter clash over The Scarlet Letter, Spanish, and boyfriends. Desperate for help, they join a conservative homeschool co-op, which provides science labs and a very handsome math tutor. In turn, Annie reluctantly agrees to attend a pro-life protest. But when Annie and Cara arrive at the rally outside the women’s health clinic, cops show up with handcuffs. Which totally messes with the Lesson Plan.

Humorous and compassionate, Silenced plays with assumptions, revealing opposing sides that are more alike than different, including mothers and daughters. In this strikingly relevant novel set in the scenic Green Mountain State, author Kelly Bartlett asks, “Will they rally the courage to tell the truth? Or will they be silenced?”

Ranked #27 on Amazon's British & Irish Humor & Satire

For fans of Lessons in Chemistry and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. If you enjoy irony with an Irish twinkle, heartache with a stiff upper lip, and heroines in an American hot mess, order your copy of Silenced today.

“This story moved along and kept me up late into the night because I couldn't put it down.”
bottom of page