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

Joanne Greenberg

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0805007229

9780805007220

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288 Pages

$17.99

CAD19.99

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Abel and Janice Ryder begin 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, they leave the harsh environment of a school for the handicapped 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. In a story that spans four generations, we are witness to one family's struggle to carve a place for itself out of the tides of wealth, war, and human strivings that have swept America in this century.

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"Joanne Greenberg has taken the world of the deaf and made it an extension of everyone’s experience—made it a metaphor for childish innocence, for grown-up alienation and loneliness . . . and for the inability of all of us to truly listen and speak."—The New York Times

"A haunting book . . . unforgettably vivid."—Library Journal

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Joanne Greenberg is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed and popular novels, including I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.
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