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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • A “tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged” (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War“For those who loved the Oscar-winning film CODA, a boarding school for deaf students is the setting for a kaleidoscope of experiences.”—The Washington PostONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, BooklistTrue biz (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talkTrue biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they’ll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who’s never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school’s golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the hearing headmistress, a CODA (child of deaf adult(s)) who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another—and changed forever.This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.
Coming Of Age
Random House Publishing Group
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"I may be biased as an ASL interpreter but this book was EVERYTHING!! 😍😍 I had high hopes, and wow it was even better! Everyone should have this on their TBR list, and educators at the very least should be required to read it! The author did an AMAZING job not only with the storyline itself, but also putting so much Deaf culture, history, and info in it too, but managed to make it interesting instead of like you're reading a history lesson. 100/10 by far my favorite book to date! 12/3. Hoping for a sequel 🤞🏼🙌🏼 #champ "
"One of the best books I’ve ever read. It gives a nice amount of asl history and even has some signs in the book! The characters are easy to relate to and Novic did an amazing job at tackling issues between Deaf culture and hearing culture. You might find the end as incomplete but if you read the author’s explanation at the end of the book, you’ll understand why it’s written with a kind of ending where the reader gets to decide the ending. "
"I wish this book was getting more love than what I've been seeing. It's a quick, informative, heartfelt story about life struggles that the hearing community can't not fully comprehend. The struggles of parents and choosing what's "right", loving family, first loved and companionship. Great book."