Praise for Fraser Hale's work:
"What most impressed me about Babette Fraser Hale's "Silences" was its restraint and its quiet ambition. Hale chooses to tell her story from the perspective of several members of a family in which, as in so many families, each one feels compelled to keep secret the most important things in their lives from the people they love most. Hale shows a great respect for her characters and for the difficulty of their deceptively ordered existence, as well as for the problems they suffer because so much cannot be spoken. Her language is unadorned and direct, appropriate to her characters without ever seeming dumbed-down or condescending. Her story shows great sympathy and a real understanding of how challenging it can be for ordinary people to get through an ordinary day."