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Quiet people are just like you and me.
Except they hear more, they experience more,
and they get into more trouble...
They also know what a profound force quiet can be.


As a young boy, Tom stands quietly before nuns and soccer coaches, and in high school, as a lifeguard, he dutifully, quietly, keeps troubled families afloat. At summer camp surrounded by scores of rabid cheerleaders, he encounters a disturbing lack of quiet, and in college, after Mardi Gras, he wakes up, ever so quietly, to a fuzzy lost world. In Belize, he quietly watches science battle faith, and in Spokane, he witnesses how un-quiet life can be. In Montana, reading Keats gets him through tuberculosis, and in California, where he loses a brother, he returns to a place that stands far beyond speech.

"Tom's prose is as clean and strong as a Quaker chair."
Dee McNamer, Red Rover

"Tom Molanphy can destroy a lifetime of pretenses in a single line. It's like watching a soldier dismantle a bomb."
Jessica Hendry Nelson, The Fiddleback





Tom Molanphy grew up in central Texas and attended Loyola University in New Orleans. He moved to Spokane to work at a homeless shelter and to Belize to learn from Mayans.

He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and currently teaches at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

He is also the author of Following Mateo: Two Years Searching In Belize. Portions of Loud Memories of A Quiet Life have appeared in slightly different form in Red Ochre Lit, Prick of the Spindle, Glasschord and FortyOunceBachelors.






Loud Memories of A Quiet Life
by Tom Molanphy
185 pages

$16.00 paperback ISBN 9781937402273
$9.99 ebook ISBN 9781937402280

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