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Simon & Schuster, Dec 1, 1997 - Fiction - 224 pages
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One morning in 1940, ten-year-old Sammy Ayers awoke on a bus that had reached its destination-Barrington, Georgia-only to find that his mother had abandoned him. As the curious patrons of the local depot bombarded him with questions, Sammy kept his mouth shut and pretended not to hear. From that moment, he became deaf and mute. Truth was, Sammy could talk as clear as a bell, and he's heard everything worth knowing in his little town-from the quiet indiscretions to the rauccous controversy sparked by a young preacher who put Barrington on the nightly news. For nearly fifty years, Sammy's been the keeper of Barrington's best secrets-including his own.

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User Review  - UberButter - LibraryThing

What the Deaf-Mute Heard by G. D. Gearino ★ ★ ★ Synopisis: Ten-year-old Sammy Ayers awakes on a bus in Barrington, Georgia, to find that he's been abandoned by his mother. Scared and alone, he ... Read full review

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

I found this story about a young boy abandoned at a bus station totally engaging. Mr. Gearino writes well, and develops his characters solidly. I found the story compelling...I was keen to know what ... Read full review


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G.D. Gearino, author of the critically acclaimed "What the Deaf-Mute Heard" and "Counting Coup, " is a regular columnist for "The News & Observer" in Raleigh, North Carolina. He lives near Raleigh with his wife and two children.

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