Dead Languages

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Perennial Library, 1990 - Fiction - 243 pages
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A sensitive, perceptive, and much-praised humorous novel, this brilliant coming-of-age story relates the struggles of a boy who stutters so badly that he begins to worship words. Anyone who has had trouble expressing an emotion will identify with Jeremy's affliction and his search for happiness.

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User Review  - Robert Wechsler - Goodreads

Although Shields is an excellent writer, his story of the often superheroic life of a Jewish boy with a stutter just wasn't enough to keep me going. Read full review

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User Review  - Nereida Llonch - Goodreads

Incredible writing with deep language forms and usage. I understood the pain and confusion as I had a son with similar challenges. It made me laugh out loud plenty of times in such surprising ways. Enjoy! Read full review


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About the author (1990)

David Shields was born in Los Angeles, California on July 22, 1956. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Brown University in 1978 and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1980. He writes both fiction and nonfiction books. His first novel, Heroes, was published in 1984. His other works include Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, and How Literature Saved My Life. Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity won the PEN/Revson Award and Dead Languages won the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.

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