From a fresh and exciting new voice in women's fiction, The Language of Secrets unflinchingly examines the lifelong repercussions of a father's betrayal. Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away. And a visit to the cemetery brings the greatest shock of all-next to the graves of his father and mother sits a smaller tombstone for a three-year-old boy: a boy named Thomas Justin Fisher.What follows is an extraordinary journey as Justin struggles with issues of his own identity and pieces together the complex and heartbreaking truth about his family. With great skill and care, Dianne Dixon explores the toll that misunderstandings, blame, and resentment can take on a family. But it is the intimate details of family life-a mother's lullaby for her son, a father's tragic error in judgment-that make this novel so exceptional and an absolute must for reading groups everywhere.The Language of Secrets is the story of an unspeakable loss born of human frailty and an ultimate redemption born of human courage.
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"Screenwriter Dianne Dixon's first undertaking as a novelist is a convoluted story of families broken by secrets. Rebecca Lowman narrates the story in a detached voice that does nothing to bring the characters to life. As Justin moves back to California to reconnect with the family he was removed from, the story also flashes back to Justin's mother's earlier years, focusing on the mistakes she made that eventually led to the loss of her child. Part of the problem is the story itself--too many threads, too many unappealing characters, and too many poorly written sentences. But the narration exacerbates the problems. Lowman's uninspired delivery makes it difficult for the listener to keep track of time, place, and characters. An intriguing premise is poorly executed on all sides. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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