Does anyone know what this book might be?

A couple of years ago one of my teachers spoke about a book that I would like to read. Note that some of the details may be slightly off and it may be a short story/ play/ poem instead of a book.

It involves a small village/town in which all the people of the town confess their sorrows, joys, crimes, etc to the town "mute". Since he/she can not talk to purge his feelings/thoughts like eveyone else, the weight of everyone's emotions finally crushes him.

I would really like to read the book. My teacher has since retired and therefore I can not ask her the title because I have no way of reaching her. Does this sound familiar to anyone??

Sounds a bit like What the Deaf Man Heard?

I've seen the movie...with Matthew Modine...and it was based on a book.

I just Googled your suggestion, but I don't think this is what I was talking about. The way my teacher talked about it, the book had a darker feel...

It looks interesting though and deals with the same premise. I might get this book instead until I can find the other one.

Thanks again!
Could it be The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers?

"And death is at your doorstep
And it will steal your innocence
But it will not steal your substance
But you are not alone in this"

“My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.” - Tina Fey
This sounds like it could be it. And if not, at least I have two new book suggestions for the time being until I can figure out if it is!

I'll probably be able to tell if it's the book when I actually start reading it.

Thanks for your help!
It sounds like a very good book--keep us posted! I might have to get it from the library!
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