Grace Notes

The Waking of a Woman's Voice
University of Utah


Heidi Hart's luminous memoir retraces her search for an opening to her heart's path. She finds that the religious life of her Latter-day Saint family robs her of her voice and her spirit. When she discovers Catharine, a mute, Quaker ancestor, Hart begins a vital journey - a journey blessed by her devout and devoted husband; a journey that leads her as she studies Jewish tradition, Benedictine monastic ritual, Emily Dickinson, that leads her to a place that feels like home: the Society of Friends, the Quaker community of Salt Lake City.