I received a wonderful gift in the mail Friday.
Publicist Darlene Chan asked if I would be interested in reading Turn A Deaf Ear and sharing what I thought about it. The co-authors, Janet Fiore Horger and Linda Fiore Sanders (they are sisters) gave me a wonderful page-turning weekend.
This book is more than a love story, more than a book about family, food, deafness, and more than the discrimination against people who are "different." The constant theme of destiny, fate, the universe, or as I prefer, God's purpose for each life plays out time and again. There is a reason we end up in the places with the people we encounter. Often, it is not for our benefit, but for the benefit of making that important connection or difference in the life and heart of another person. It's really not always about us. I love how the authors of this book based part of the plot on reality and then meshed fiction into the story line, culminating in a flourish of suspense, hence the title of the book.
The story is written during a time when any kind of mixed marriage was frowned upon, and anything different was discriminated against. The characters in the story are real, and the writers eloquently present the perspectives of each character, especially one particularly flawed personality, yet their redeeming qualities make you cheer them on when they come through.
This book is a down to earth human story that twines the hearing and deaf into a new perspective of awareness from both worlds. We not only become more "aware" through this story, we become more educated, and, I hope, more compassionate toward anyone different from ourselves.
I recommend this book for everyone, especially anyone taking Deaf Studies or learning ASL (American Sign Language). It is that good.
The website for the book and a couple of the recipes is here: http://turnadeafear.net
This inspirational story can be ordered at: http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Deaf-Ear-Linda-Sanders/dp/1461071895/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1339528874&sr=8-1&keywords=turn+a+deaf+ear
One lucky Xpressive Handz reader can win a copy of Turn A Deaf Ear, courtesy of author Jan Horger. To enter, just enter a comment below. Winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends on June 22, 2012. You can enter as often as you like. US/CAN only please.