Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Sign for Drowning by Rachel Stolzman
Anna has grown up haunted by her younger sister's death. In the life she constructs as a barrier against the emotional wreckage of her family tragedy, Anna settles comfortably into a career as a teacher of deaf children. But a challenge arrives—in the form of a young girl. Adrea's disarming vulnerability and obvious need for love offer Anna the possibility of reconnecting with the world around her—if she has the courage to open her heart. The Sign for Drowning is a poignant story of loss and the unexpected occasions of grace that enable us to heal from it and grow beyond it.
The Sign for Drowning is a touching story about the drowning death of a five year old girl, Meagan, and the life-long impact it had on her eight year old sister, Anna. It has a contemporary setting, and is told in first person by Anna. It has all the pain of heartbreak and expressive love that comes with loss and the grief that envelops the ones who loved. This personal account is dry in places, as would be this type of emotional journey in reality. It incorporates Anna’s connection to the deaf world with an endearing look not only at the silence of deafness, but also the silence of death—not merely its ability to silence the dead one, but also its capacity to silence the living ones left behind. This book is an emotional read that ends in hope and recovery. It’s not for everyone, but I do recommend it as one that takes its reader on an engrossing journey from sorrow and despair to inner strength and acceptance.
Length: 208 Pages