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The Sign for Drowning #(2021)

The Sign for Drowning

The Sign for Drowning

  • Title: The Sign for Drowning
  • Author: Rachel Stolzman
  • ISBN: 9781590305874
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
The Sign for Drowning By Rachel Stolzman,



The Sign for Drowning Best Read || [Rachel Stolzman] - The Sign for Drowning, The Sign for Drowning The morning Megan drowned was very bright and no one was thinking of danger Anna has grown up haunted by her younger sister s death In the life she constructs as a barrier against the emotional wreck


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I struggled with what to give this book not only as a rating but as a review.It s definitely well written And the plot is interesting But I feel like by the end it sort of fell off a bit And there were times that I got bored by what I was reading.It s short but there s detail despite its short length just about 200 ish pages.I just wish there was a little oomph in the story and the plot I kept feeling like something was missing It also didn t help that I didn t really feel for the characters fo [...]

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this short novel in which we follow the journey of a young woman from her tragic witnessing of her little sister s drowning and the collapse of her family around this horrible accident to eventual healing through the experience of taking a little deaf girl into her empty life Speaking in first person, Anna relates that she learned sign language at the age of eight, telling us I talked with my hands to my sister who wasn t deaf but couldn t [...]

Rating B Review I read this book with a smile on my face and a lump in my throat nearly the entire way through Then, when I was done, I returned to the front of the book and immediately re read some of my favorite passages My favorite parts centered around the character of Adrea and how she touched those around her The stories of when Adrea s adoption certificate comes, Adrea finding the African violet plants at the market, Adrea getting dressed up for the poetry reading, and Adrea making her fi [...]

Some of the most poignant to the heart writing ever I highlighted a lot Highly recommend this book

LOVED THE BOOK, however I felt cheated at the ending of it I don t want to post any spoilers, but I felt there were something s we still needed to know before it ended.

Review of Sign for DrowningI wanted to give this book a 1 Whereas the subject matter of losing a loved one in a tragic accident, adoption, growing up deaf, raising a deaf child, society s historical efforts in educating and socializing deaf children had a lot of potential to hold my attention, I consistently felt let down by the narration It was flat and absolutely void of any emotion beyond fear and regret The story is a sad one, but sad stories usually exist to show even the faintest glimmers [...]

This was not what I was expecting, but that s perfectly all right There were things I liked about it, and things I didn t like I loved the story of Anna Adrea how they found each other, built their lives together, and what they learned from each other It was an excellent aspect of the story.I liked their time in France and how Adrea really came into her own while there I loved that she chose to learn how to speak a few words, only because I understand the joy that comes when a little voice calls [...]

This is a wonderful story of loss and love centered around Anna and her adopted child, Adrea, who is deaf Anna witnessed the accidental drowning of her 5 year old sister, Megan, when she was just 8 years old Although her family remained intact, Anna and her parents have never fully recovered from the loss After the drowning, Anna and her parents begin to drift apart, each grieving, but splintered as a family In order to try to communicate with Megan, Anna begins studying American Sign Language S [...]

I was very excited when I was sent a copy of this book to read and review and it did not disappoint This is the story of Anna, who at the age of eight, on what was deemed to be an ordinary family beach vacation, witnesses her younger sister s drowning in the ocean The guilt that plagues Anna after this tragedy is central to this story line Her powerless struggle continues as her parents are lost to her as well, consumed in their own personal grief Anna finds solace as she learns sign language as [...]

This was the first book that I won from I really wanted to like it, not just because it was free, but also because I wanted to support a first time author.The prologue blew me away The tone, the style, and the description of her sister s death I m not giving anything away the book s description states that the protagonist s sister dies grips the reader The protagonist cannot look away, and we, the reader, cannot look away either It s powerful and beautiful writing.Then, the story goes inward, a [...]

The book is about a woman Anna still dealing with the drowning death of her sister when she was a child As a child, Anna learned sign language with the belief she could communicate with her dead sister The story then shifts to her adult life where her involvement in the Deaf community continuous reminds her of her sister and forces her to come to terms with her death.Despite the heavy sounding nature of the story line, I thought the book was a fairly light read While we were lead to believe that [...]

This book centered around the fallout to a family from the drowning of a child and the road to recovery for her sister, found through another child Anna watched her younger sister Meghan, 5, drown in the waters around Cape Cod when she was 8 From this point on, her family is destroyed even though they remain together Anna always believes that she could have saved her sister and begins to study American Sign Language as a way to communicate with her sister As an adult, she teaches deaf students a [...]

spoiler alert I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this short novel in which we follow the journey of a young woman from her tragic witnessing of her little sister s drowning and the collapse of her family around this horrible accident to eventual healing through the experience of taking a little deaf girl into her empty life Speaking in first person, Anna relates that she learned sign language at the age of eight, telling us I talked with my hands to my sister who wasn t dea [...]

I really, really wanted to like this book And it started out really promising I have a soft spot for adoptive mother stories, being adopted myself, and I was really interested in the dynamic between Anna and Adrea Unfortunately, after about 20% of the bookat stops being the point It felt very much like the author just had too much they wanted to say So instead of writing a longer book and spreading out their message with an actual plotline and character development, they just condensed it down t [...]

Six years ago, I wasn t aware that there was such a thing as a deaf community Our son fell in love with a deaf man and they have been in a committed relationship ever since.So it was very interesting to me to read this book I found the deaf community and deaf culture depicted in the book to be pretty true to what I know of it I can t wait to have my son and his partner to read it and find out what they think.I liked the characters of Anna and Adrea and their attempts at coping with grief old and [...]

This is the story of Anna Anna saw her 5 year old sister drown when she was 8 She thinks that by using sign language she can speak to her dead sister Now fast forward 20 some odd years Anna is working at the Hearing Center where she meets Adrea She ends up adopting Adrea But she also thinks Adrea may only be a replacement for her dead sister This is the story of how Anna and Adrea grow as a family and also of how Anna learns to let go of the past and to stop blaming herself.I really enjoyed read [...]

The Sign for Drowning is a hard book to catagorize It describes a family s response to the accidental death of the youngest child, but the overall tone is one of hope Grief takes many different forms in this novel, some of them redeeming I loved the language and was not surprised to discover that the author is also a poet Anna is a teacher of deaf children, estranged from her grief stricken mother, when she grows to love one of her students and adopts her This opens the floodgates of her family [...]

The Sign for Drowning is a hard book to catagorize It describes a family s response to the accidental death of the youngest child, but the overall tone is one of hope Grief takes many different forms in this novel, some of them redeeming I loved the language and was not surprised to discover that the author is also a poet Anna is a teacher of deaf children, estranged from her grief stricken mother, when she grows to love one of her students and adopts her This opens the floodgates of her family [...]

This is Rachel Stolzman s debut novel and I can tell you right now that it surely will not be her last I curled up on the sofa yesterday and read this wonderful book from cover to cover The prologue sets the stage and has to be one of the best, most poignant prologues I have read in awhile The story of Anna and Adrea is just so wonderfully done, the writing so heartfelt, almost poetic in style The whole novel is just such a great testament to those who have loved and lost and loved again I can t [...]

I cannot imagine what it would feel like to lose someone in my immediate family I pray I never have to This book made me contemplate the different coping mechanisms people have and sometimes the lack thereof I could feel the pain and understand Anna I know death can take people over, but just couldn t get behind the idea of still not being able to cope with a death well over 20 years ago and that it could still have such an impact Again, I have never had it happen to me so maybe I m just not get [...]

This story addressed two separate issues the childhood death of a sibling and the adoption of a deaf child by a hearing parent, with communication and sign language a common theme between the two As a Teacher of the Deaf Hard of Hearing, my primary interest was in the theme related to deafness, and I felt Rachel Stolzman did a fine job portraying those aspects related to deafness In fact, our team of D HH teachers has selected this as the next book for our book club, as there are many points of [...]

another win on giveaways and another great read this was a very touching story about a woman who lost her sister as a childd once she becomes an adult, adopts a deaf child the story flashes back and forthd truly delves into the relationship breakdown between the narrator and her parents after her sister s death well as the development of the relationship between she and her adopted daugher s a great story told through a fantastic new voice in american literature.

I was selected to get a free copy of this book from First Reads I have just finished reading it I thought it was well written I was a little concerned with some of the subject matter that it would be depressing and mired in sadness I am happy to say that in the end, the heroine found her way through the sadness into the continuation of life I am very glad for both her and her adopted daughter It was a goodread

This is a first novel for this author and I think she hit it out of the park She wrote a very interesting and some times sad story about the emotional wreckage of a family tragedy, and her main characters adoption of a deaf child Her sister had died at an early age, don t want to say and spoil the story This book gives you a very honest look at the lives of those who can not hear and the ways in which they can learn and the different ways they can learn to speak communicate.

What I read was so personal and so convincing I felt like I was reading a memoir rather than a work of fiction It is an interesting and unique story dealing with the loss of a child and the gaining of another told in a way that I haven t encountered before Although the novel is hopeful, the tragic portions of the book were so real that it was a slightly depressing read.Amazingly well written, but be foreward it can be quite sad

Stolzman has a sort of dreamlike, stream of consciousness style that I enjoyed getting to know She hops through the realms of memory, regret, dreams, and fears at a quick pace, which was like skimming over water But I did find her story to be a lovely, albeit sad, summer novel Since death and loss have recently entered my life, this book nudged me to examine that fragile state of longing and grief In a way, it has even helped me.

I really enjoyed this book It was sad and poignant, yet there were many sweet and endearing moments as well I liked how Anna s growing bond with her adopted daughter Adrea allowed her to come to grips with her feelings about her sister Megan s drowning and her other relationships, especially with her parents Once I started reading, I finished the book in less than 24 hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I reamed to like it but it didn t keep my interest, there was no real plot, characters kept being introduced with no background until after pages of talking with this person it was very flat reading, not much emotion in the writing I was hoping it would be great, worth the deaf signing thing which really interests me because I m profoundly deaf, but I couldn t even finish it

This book dealt with many sensitive subjects that can arise in a family dealing was a loss of one of their own Ms Stolzman did a remarkable job telling this story in some instances it almost seemed like poetry to me I really enjoyed this debut novel and will look forward to reading Ms Stolzman s future novels Beautifully written

A poignant story of how the drowning of a sibling impacts the main character s lifetime relationships with everyone including her parents This is a glimpse into grief and how profoundly it can effect a person That said it is a sweet story of the adoption of a deaf girl and the journey they embark on A quick read and wonderful first novel by this author.


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