Paperback - 2009
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Itani's beloved, award-winning novel, set on the eve of the Great War and spanning two continents, tells the story of Grania, a young deaf woman who falls in love with Jim, a hearing man. As the war explodes across Europe, Jim becomes a stretcher-bearer, and through the years of separation, he and Grania attempt to sustain their love in a world as beautiful as it is brutal.

Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2009, c2004
Edition: Harper Perernnial Modern Classics trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781554684786
Branch Call Number: FIC ITA
Characteristics: xiv, 378, 18 p. ; 21 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

This memorable story moves between the silence of a deaf woman’s small town Ontario existence to the deafening noise of the Western Front where her fiancé and brother-in-law are thrown into the horror of World War I. Although both men return home to their young wives, the outcomes are bitter sweet.

Aug 03, 2012

An excellent novel about how the Great War affected small towns in rural Ontario. We follow the journey of Jim (Chim) as a Red Cross stretcher bearer throughout the war all the while his deaf wife, Grania tries to make it at home.

nadian Dec 31, 2011

A rare and heartfelt insight into a young girl's world without sound, the mental, emotional, and physical fatigue of war, and an altered life when soldiers return home. Breaking from the traditional representations of soldiers in action, the novel follows a medic and his journey instead. It is a wonderful, Canadian tale that explores an aspect of war life that is never considered.

samdog123 Apr 21, 2011

An excellent book that tells the story of Grania, a deaf child in the early 1900's. With the help of her family, specifically her Grandmother Mamo, she learns how to cope in a hearing world, marries and deals with the absence of her husband during the war. A very moving story and one I really enjoyed.

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Apr 28, 2011

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