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By Frances Itani

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: United States, 03 February 2015
The international debut sensation "Deafening" launched the story of Grania, deaf from the age of five, and her sister Tress, who helped to create their secret language. "Tell" picks up from the return of the sisters husbands from the war, and follows Tress s partner Kenan, a young shell-shocked soldier who confines himself indoors, venturing outside only at night to visit the frozen bay where he skated as a boy. Saddened by her altered marriage, Tress seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie. But Maggie and her husband, Am, have problems of their own. Maggie finds joy singing in the town's newly created choral society. Am, troubled by the widening gulf in his marriage, spends more and more time in the clock tower above their apartment. As the second decade of the twentieth century draws to a close, the lives of the two couples become increasingly entwined. Startling revelations surface as layers of silence begin to crumble. Told with Itani s signature power and grace, "Tell" is both a deeply moving story about the burdens of the past, and a beautifully rendered reminder of how the secrets we bury to protect ourselves can also be the cause of our undoing."
EAN: 9780802123367
ISBN: 0802123368
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
Dimensions: 20.57 x 13.97 x 2.54 centimeters (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Frances Itani is the author of 15 books including "Requiem," chosen by the "Washington Post" as one of 2012 s top fiction titles of the year; and the #1 bestseller "Deafening," which won a Commonwealth Award, was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was published in 17 territories. Itani lives in Ottawa."

Reviews

Finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Praise for TELL "Powerful conversations are balanced with deft portrayals of grief and pain, sentiments made palatable by Itani s thoughtful prose... Unsettling but never hopeless, "Tell" thoughtfully acknowledges a sad reality...It is an invitation to speak, share and commiseratean invocation to tell those things that seem forbidden and foregone."ZYZZYVA Itani s gorgeous gift for writing quietly absorbing stories of torn lives bravely trying to carry on is on full display here with all the power of her previous novels. "Library Journal" (starred review) Masterful a triumph of the human spirit that resonates almost physically in the reader An enthralling reminder of the toll the warand all wars take, not only on the soldiers but on the families who keep faith on the home front. " The Toronto Star" A wonderful story, with a richly detailed sense of time and place, and compelling characters who, ultimately, all have secrets to tell. "Winnipeg Free Press" "

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