Deafening

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003 - Fiction - 378 pages
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"At the age of five, Grania - the daughter of hardworking Irish hoteliers in smalltown Ontario - emerges from a bout of scarlet fever profoundly deaf and is suddenly sealed off from the world that was just beginning to open for her. Her guilt-plagued mother cannot accept her daughter's deafness. Grania's saving grace is her grandmother Mamo, who tries to teach Grania to read and speak again. Grania's older sister, Tress, is a beloved ally as well - obliging when Grania begs her to shout words into her ear canals and forging a rope to keep the sisters connected from their separate beds at night when Grania fears the terrible vulnerability that darkness brings. When it becomes clear that she can no longer thrive in the world of the hearing, her family sends her to live at the Ontario School for the Deaf in Belleville, where, protected from the often-unforgiving hearing world outside, she learns sign language and speech." "After graduation Grania stays on to work at the school, and it is there that she meets Jim Lloyd, a hearing man. In wonderment the two begin to create a new emotional vocabulary that encompasses both sound and silence. But just two weeks after their wedding, Jim must leave home to serve as a stretcher bearer on the blood-soaked battlefields of Flanders. During this long war of attrition, Jim and Grania's letters back and forth - both real and imagined -attempt to sustain their young love in a world as brutal as it is beautiful."--BOOK JACKET.

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Admittedly I found this book very hard to get into - although the writing has beautiful pros and creates pictures that are thought-provoking. It was evident that the author had researched thoroughly ... Read full review

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Grania O'Neill is the daughter of the owner of a hotel in Deseronto, Ontario that is famous for her mother's cooking. In 1905, when she is five, Grania loses her hearing to scarlet fever and much of ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

FRANCES ITANI has written 15 books. Her novels include Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of the top fiction titles for 2012; Remembering the Bones, published internationally and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Award; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Award, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was chosen for CBC's Canada Reads, and published in 17 territories. A Member of the Order of Canada and three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, Itani lives in Ottawa.

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