Published: March 30, 2010
Irrepressible memories. Vacant eyes. A child being dangled from a third story
window. A boy tied to a chair. Children sleeping in layers of clothing to fight
off the bitter cold. An infant dying from starvation. Some things your mind will
never allow you to forget.
Silent Tears is the true story of the adversity and triumphs one woman faced
as she fought against the Chinese bureaucracy to help that country’s orphaned
In 2003, Kay Bratt’s life changed dramatically. A wife and mother of two
girls in South Carolina, Bratt relocated her family to rural China to support
her husband as he took on a new management position for his American employer.
Seeking a way to fill her days and overcome the isolation she experienced upon
arriving in a foreign country, Bratt began volunteering at the local orphanage.
Within months, her simple desire to make use of her time transformed into a
heroic crusade to improve the living conditions and minimize the unnecessary
deaths of Chinese orphans.
Silent Tears traces the emotional hurdles and daily frustrations faced by Ms.
Bratt as she tried to change the social conditions for these marginalized
children. The memoir vividly illustrates how she was able to pull from
reservoirs of inner strength to pursue her mission day after day, leaving the
reader with the resounding message that everyone really can make a
I love to read about people’s personal stories. I am drawn to people whom love to travel, especially if they have moved overseas. Kay is your average mother, two kids, a house and making a life with her 2nd husband.
Her husband lands a job in China, they decide to go as a family except for Kay’s eldest daughter, she stays behind to live with her father, typical teen with all her friends. It is hard, a struggle and culture shock to move to China. I understand as I just moved to Japan two months ago!
After they try to settle in a bit, Kay decides she wants to make a difference somehow in China and she begins volunteering at a local orphanage. The horrors Kay describes left me in tears and in shock. The way they disregard life there, especially the lives of innocent little girls and those who have deformities.
Her story is amazing & heart breaking. While Kay loved in China she did all she could to save the children in the orphanage but sadly it will never be enough. Kay was deeply disturbed by what went on when she moved back to the states and realized that family and friends did not want to hear all her sad, miserable tales.
She finally decided enough was enough and she had to tell her story! This book really was amazing. It really pulls on the strings of your heart and makes you want to scream at the same time. Brilliantly written. I highly recommend this book to everyone.