Set on the eve of the Great War, Deafening is a novel of remarkable virtuosity and power spanning
two continents and the life and loves of a young deaf woman in Canada named
Grania O’Neill. As a result of a childhood illness, Grania’s is a world without
sound, a world bounded by a powerful family love that tries to insulate her
from undue suffering. When it becomes clear that Grania can no longer thrive in
the world of the hearing, her family sends her to live at the Ontario School
for the Deaf where, protected from the often unforgiving hearing world outside,
she learns sign language and speech.
Then she meets Jim Lloyd, a hearing man, and the two—in
wonderment—begin to create a new emotional vocabulary that encompasses both
sound and silence. But as history would have it, Jim must leave home only two
weeks after their wedding to serve as a stretcher-bearer on the blood-soaked
battlefields of Flanders. During this long and brutal war of attrition, Jim and
Grania are pulled to the center of cataclysmic events that will alter civilization
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