Calling me back

Cover of "Deafening"

Cover of Deafening

29. Deafening by Frances Itani

Another with a (partial) military setting, and another I thought to reread because I was telling DH about it. I think this time I noticed most the personal connections and distancing that ebb and flow in the novel. Grania is the focus of these, with first her deafness and then going away to school separating her from members of her family, but bringing her new friends and other relationships. Jim comes into her life and then is called away to war where he in turn makes great friendships but also loses people left, right and centre. Communication is always major, of course.

I really do like this novel, as there’s a whole lot to take out of it, and it’s beautifully written. There’s a lyricism that fits with Itani also being a poet and a great depth of feeling too.

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