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In This Sign: The Highly Acclaimed Novel of a Family Whose Love and Courage Enable Them to Survive in the Silent World of the Deaf (Owl Books)

By Joanne Greenberg
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Book Details
  • Author: Joanne Greenberg
  • Publisher: St. Martins Press-3PL
  • Edition: Reissue

From the award-winning author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Joanne Greenberg presents a poignant novel of family whose love and courage enable them to survive in the silent world of the deaf.

Abel and Janice Ryder began their married life together with all the hopes and dreams of a young couple deeply in love. But before long they realize that their deafness stands as an immense barrier between them and a society that seems to work only for those who can hear.

Inexperienced, ignorant, and bewildered, Abel and Janice leave the harsh environment of a school for the disabled and enter the insensitive world of the hearing. Through years of debt and misunderstanding, hard and degrading work, the raising of a hearing daughter, common tragedies and joys, they learn that the remarkable tool of sign language enables them to survive and, indeed, to forge a love too powerful to be broken by the painful, extraordinary world into which they were born.

Spanning four generations, In This Sign is the story of one family’s struggle to carve a place for itself out of the tides of wealth, war, and human strivings in America.