Happy publication day to Ethan Joella, whose tender yet powerful second novel, A Quiet Life, publishes today in the UK (Muswell Press).

Perfect for anyone navigating tough and uncertain times, A Quiet Life is a beautifully crafted novel about three individuals whose lives collide in unforeseen ways. Set in an icy Pennsylvania suburb in the grip of winter, the novel follows three people that are struggling with loss in different ways: Chuck Ayers is grappling with his wife’s death, Ella Burke is waiting for news of her missing daughter, and Kirsten Bonato’s life has been put on hold by the sudden death of her father. Full of poignancy as well as hope, this is an unforgettable and deeply moving novel which celebrates humanity in the midst of uncertainty.

Ahead of its US publication in November 2022, A Quiet Life was an Indie Next List Pick for December 2022, and featured in the New York Times Book Review. Buzz has been building around A Quiet Life ahead of its UK publication, receiving glowing reviews:

‘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

‘I adored A Quiet Life. Soft as silk, powerful as a punch’ – Nikki May

A Quiet Life is about the transformative power of connection if we are willing to risk opening our hearts… There is magic at the intersection of these stories, a rare and addicting alchemy of ordinary moments and choices that add up to whole, brave, flawed, joyful lives.’ —Katie Runde, author of The Shore

Huge congratulations, Ethan! If you haven’t already, you can get your copy here.