Silent Tears; A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage

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 children.

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 difference.

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What are readers saying about Silent Tears?

China is, no doubt, a fascinating country with many layers of history and culture and Silent Tears takes a look at some of those layers.  Anyone looking to understand more about the reality of China’s orphanages will appreciate Bratt’s honesty.–Travel Books & Movies

Having had substantial experience in China, it is refreshing to finally read a book that presents a realistic view behind the curtain of China’s orphanages.–Research-China.Org

The author does a wonderful job of providing these adoptive parents with much information that can provide insight into the behaviors of their new sons and daughters and the children’s birth families.–New Rhythm Project

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.–The Social Frog

It took me awhile to bring myself to read this book. As an adoptive parent of two children from China, I have heard many conflicting stories about what actually goes on in Chinese orphanages, and many of them were not good. I almost did not want to know the truth. So I read it, and I am glad that I did. —Happy Reader, Amazon Reviewer

I usually read historical and literary fiction, so to pick up a memoir is unusual for me. I thought the author did a very good job describing her experiences – both negative and positive during her time in China and volunteering at the orphanage. This book can definitely drive discussion so I would recommend it for a book club. —Emily, Amazon Reviewer