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The Sign For Drowning: A Novel (2008)

by Rachel Stolzman(Favorite Author)
3.49 of 5 Votes: 5
1590305876 (ISBN13: 9781590305874)
review 1: This story addressed two separate issues - the childhood death of a sibling and the adoption of a deaf child by a hearing parent, with communication and sign language a common theme between the two. As a Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, my primary interest was in the theme related to deafness, and I felt Rachel Stolzman did a fine job portraying those aspects related to deafness. In fact, our team of D/HH teachers has selected this as the next book for our book club, as there are many points of discussion.
review 2: ** spoiler alert ** I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this short novel in which we follow the journey of a young woman from her tragic witnessing of her little sister's drowning and the collapse of her family around this
... more horrible accident to eventual healing through the experience of taking a little deaf girl into her empty life. Speaking in first person, Anna relates that she learned sign language at the age of eight, telling us "I talked with my hands to my sister who wasn't deaf but couldn't hear." The novelists writes in beautiful, spare prose, and the story spoke to my heart. Anyone who has had to carry the memory of a tragic childhood memory will connect immediately with the world of Anna, and even those who had an ordinary childhood will find this an excellent story, filled with both sadness and great joy. I recommend it highly. less
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Touching fiction about grief and loss. Also focuses on being hearing-impaired. Highly recommended.
Quick read, moving story.
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