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Author: Stephanie Kallos Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9781490661902
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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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About the Author

Stephaine Kallos spent twenty years in the theater as an actress and teacher, and as a writer, her short fiction has been nominated for both a Raymond Carver Award and a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed novel, Broken for You, which won the 2005 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award and was selected by Sue Monk Kidd for Today’s Book Club, later becoming a national bestseller.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also an Audie Award nominee and the recipient of numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.