The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

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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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In scriptwriter Dixon's first novel, a man must confront the gaping holes in his childhood memories once he becomes a husband and father.

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Publishers Weekly

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A story of mystery, betrayal, and family tragedy, Dixon's debut novel, despite its creative story line, falls short in execution. After living in London for a decade, 33-year-old Justin Fisher

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BC Books

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A young man returns to the states to find family, only to discover that he's recorded as dead.

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A young man returns to the states to find family, only to discover that he's recorded as dead.

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The Language of Secrets is one of those books that you just won’t need to bookmark. It calls you back, a challenge to break away.

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New York Journal of Books

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The Language of Secrets repeatedly deals with the tension between remembering one’s childhood home as a place of sanctity and safety, and as a place to be escape from.

Mar 23 2010 | Read Full Review of The Language of Secrets

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