The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

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Language is such a complicated story that in the end there’s no great revelation. This reader would love to see a follow-up from Dixon that’s a bit simpler and told in chronological order. Still, The Language of Secrets serves as an indication that a very promising new writer has arrived on the scene.
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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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About Dianne Dixon

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Dianne Dixon is a screenwriter living in California who has twice been nominated for an Emmy, has won a Humanitas Award for work done in television, and has been Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.
 
Published March 18, 2010 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Joseph Arellano Joseph Arellano on Jan 24 2017

Language is such a complicated story that in the end there’s no great revelation. This reader would love to see a follow-up from Dixon that’s a bit simpler and told in chronological order. Still, The Language of Secrets serves as an indication that a very promising new writer has arrived on the scene.

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