A transporting 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.
True biz (adj/exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk
I really enjoyed this novel, mostly for what I learned about the deaf community, its successes and its battles.
The first time I discovered the beauty of ASL was in college watching a family in a restaurant signing, later I saw the National Theater of the Deaf perform Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales on PBS. Then there was Children of a Lesser God.
For a year or so, I've been enjoying Nicky Elliot's videos "Signing to the Oldies" which are delightful. This month, I happened on True Biz. Behind the Green Door. The ASL is so smooth and I love the old songs that Nicky chooses.
This month, I happened on True Biz. I learned much more about the history and evolution of sign language and its variations while reading True Biz as I followed the teachers and students at the fictional River Valley School for the Deaf. I expect this renewed interest in ASL and the deaf community will result in one of the wandering literary itineraries I love.
I already wanted to see Coda, but now...even more so.
Fiction. April 5, 2022. Print length: 386 pages.