Posted on 05/19/2019 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Perhaps after a week in a noisy office, you’re basking in the relative peace and quiet of your home.

(Or, conversely, the office is where you go to escape the chaos.)

Either way, for most of us, we seek silence — but some have it thrust upon us.

Journalist Harriet Shawcross has written a new book on the phenomenon of being silent, called Unspeakable: The Things We Cannot Say.

As she explains to NPR’s Ailsa Chang, her interest in the topic arose from her own experience with selective mutism.

Hear Shawcross discuss her background and book below, or read a transcript of the interview on NPR’s website.

Categories: Author Interview

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