A History of Silence by Lloyd Jones

Highly recommended; flows easily, his description of the Christchurch earthquake is vivid, the prose at times exquisite, and the memoir falls into the category of “truth is stranger than fiction”. 

Lloyd Jones grew up not asking questions of his mother or father’s own lives as they grew up but remembering the odd fragments he had overheard.  The 2011 Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand sets Jones on a path to begin the search to uncover the story behind the lives of his mother and grandmother.  The author uncovers a heartrending and incredible story of his own family.