We’re thrilled that A Quiet Life, the profoundly moving second novel by Ethan Joella, publishes today in US paperback (Simon & Schuster / Scribner).

A Quiet Life is an exquisite, life-affirming novel about three individuals whose lives intersect in unforeseen ways. Set in a close-knit Pennsylvania suburb in the grip of winter, A Quiet Life follows three people grappling with loss and finding a tender wisdom in their grief. 

Ethan Joella’s critically-acclaimed debut, A Little Hope, was a Read with Jenna Bonus Pick when it published in 2021. Ahead of publication, A Quiet Life was an Indie Next List Pick for December 2022, and featured in the New York Times Book Review. It has been garnering glowing reviews from authors and news outlets alike.

Praise for A Quiet Life

“Community and grief are at the center of this tender novel in which three residents of a tightly knit Pennsylvania suburb are each grappling with losing loved ones when their lives begin to converge in unexpected ways.” The New York Times Book Review

A Quiet Life is filled with people I’d like to meet. Ethan Joella’s latest novel reminds us that life is made of journeys, not only destinations. Read this one slowly; you’ll want to savor the details.” –Charmaine Wilkerson, NYT bestselling author of Black Cake

“I adored A Quiet Life. Soft as silk, powerful as a punch, Ethan Joella doesn’t shirk from the trauma of grief but delivers real hope in our capacity to survive. A beautifully written page-turner like this one is hard to find.” –Nikki May, author of Wahala

Many congratulations, Ethan!