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Charles Marlow is a Seattle English teacher who instructs his students to expand their worlds through language. Lately, however, with one child off to college and the pressure from his ex-wife to make plans for their severely autistic son, who’s about to age out of the system, he prefers the company of the ghosts he turns up in the storage boxes in his crawl space.

There he finds the totems that betray the darker moments of his youth—memories that were buried for decades when he met the ambitious and sparkling Alison LeFevre. But the complications of parenthood proved fatal to their marriage, and Charles has been stagnant ever since.

Language Arts is a wise and perceptive novel about how accumulated guilt and fear can embalm us in middle age and how one man who lost his way in life and love regains both.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For me, it would be plenty if a novel was deeply felt, utterly absorbing, and full of wit. But in Language Arts, Stephanie Kallos goes further, throwing in a doozy of a twist…An all-around delight.”

    Maria Semple, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[Kallos’] vivid descriptions create a cast of memorable characters. She also delivers a huge shocker of a plot twist, one that may send you back to the beginning of the book as you wonder how this development could be possible.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This novel, masterfully plotted and written, is a wondrously beautiful story of love and loss, offering hope in the face of the harshest reality.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A riveting read…a story that deftly mixes family drama, neuroscience, mystery, and an exploration of the dying art of handwriting that is far more intriguing than it sounds.”


  • “Touchingly humane and impressive in scope…A voluminous novel exploring words and expression, parenting and letting go.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tavia Gilbert provides a superb performance of this movingly introspective novel…As the artful narrative conveys Marlow’s story, Gilbert also voices the lingering tenderness and bitterness of Marlow’s ex-wife and the earnestness of his college-age daughter. She’s masterful at voicing the Italian outbursts of Sister Giorgia, using cadence and emotion to reveal meaning behind her otherwise senseless declarations. Even the single-syllable grunts of Marlow’s severely autistic son are given expression in Gilbert’s delivery.”


  • An Indie Next List Pick for July 2015
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