Girl Who Wrote in Silk
Kelli Estes

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Narrated By: Emily Woo Zeller

Duration: 12 hours and 21 minutes

What to expect

The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets.

Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt’s island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara’s life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core―and force her to make an impossible choice.

Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes’ brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.


Fiction: general and literary, Historical fiction, Historical romance

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“A testament to the endurance of the human spirit and the human heart. A powerful debut that proves the threads that interweave our lives can withstand time and any tide and bind our hearts forever.”

Susanna Kearsley, New York Times bestselling author

“The interconnected lives of women a century apart is at the center of Estes’ tragic yet uplifting novel…Estes sheds light on a dark period in Seattle’s history that is sure to interest those seeking unusual historical details long hidden from history books.”

RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

“Loosely based on historical fact, this eye-opening and beautifully written novel will captivate listeners. Beautifully narrated by Emily Woo Zeller, who helps bring the story alive with her delicate, yet masterful voicing.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Mesmerizing…Inspired by true events, Estes’ novel looks deep into the heart of one family. Carefully crafted and perfectly paced, the novel takes readers on a deeply satisfying, memorable journey. Part mystery and part romance, the novel is also a fascinating look at an often forgotten period of Pacific Northwest history and a moving reminder of the stories we all share.”


“A pleasing blend of historical fiction and contemporary drama.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers a riveting performance of Estes’ ambitious debut novel…Zeller is convincing as Inara…From the first tense moments of the prologue to the stunning conclusion, Zeller’s narration weaves a spell almost as intriguing as the sleeve’s mysterious design.”


“Vibrant and tragic, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk explores a horrific, little-known era in our nation’s history.”