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Of Sound Mind - Jean Ferris
Of Sound Mind
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A poignant novel partially set in a world of silenceHigh school senior Theo is fluent in two languages: spoken English and sign. His parents and brother, Jeremy, are deaf, but Theo can hear, which has over the years cast him in the role of interpreter for his family. Unfortunately, it's not a... show more
A poignant novel partially set in a world of silenceHigh school senior Theo is fluent in two languages: spoken English and sign. His parents and brother, Jeremy, are deaf, but Theo can hear, which has over the years cast him in the role of interpreter for his family. Unfortunately, it's not a welcome duty, especially in the case of his mother, Palma. She is a successful sculptor who, being deeply suspicious of "hearies," expects Theo to act as her business manager. And Jeremy relies on Theo for company and homework help. It's become especially frustrating lately because Theo has met a fascinating new girl at school, Ivy, with whom he wants to spend as much time as possible. Theo's father, Thomas, is the only one who has never burdened him, but that changes when Thomas has a stroke. Palma, frightened and self-absorbed, cannot bring herself to nurse her husband, leaving Theo with the full burden to bear. But with the help of Ivy and some of her friends, Theo is finally able to change his family's dynamics and find time to plan his future.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780374455842 (0374455848)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
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JL's Bibliomania
JL's Bibliomania rated it
Of Sound Mind is an fine portrayal of the ambiguities of being a hearing child of deaf parents and of a young man forced to act as a adult early in his life. It explores the themes of responsibility and independence. While Dad's initial stroke is key to the story (and even telegraphed in the book bl...
Thalia @ Pictures in the Words
Thalia @ Pictures in the Words rated it
1.0
I’ve been taking American Sign Language for the last three years at school, and it’s essentially one of the best classes ever. I love everything we do, and I love learning the language because it’s just beautiful. However, the assignment to read this book? I really could have done without it.To be h...
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