Review by Darla
Hotel Silence is a charming novel about Jonas Ebeneser, a man who is so broken-hearted from his recent divorce that he makes plans to kill himself. After much consideration, he decides he is not capable of taking his own life and travels to a war-torn country in the hopes of getting himself killed. He ends up in Syria, which is currently experiencing a tentative truce. The locals are trying to rebuild, and they discover that Jonas has packed a toolbox. One thing leads to another, and Jonas starts fixing more than the shower heads in Hotel Silence. This is a thoughtful, heartwarming, often funny novel that I would recommend to those who enjoyed A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.