November 29, 2010

review: My Sister's Voice

My Sister's Voice
author Mary Carter
published June 2010
publisher Kensington

Mary Carter is a sign language interpreter who graduated from National Technical Institute of the Deaf.  She writes what she knows;  My Sister's Voice is about a deaf woman and her family.   Here's a summary from Goodreads
      What do you do when you discover your whole life was a lie?
      At twenty-eight, Lacey Gears is exactly where she wants to be. An up-and-coming, proudly Deaf artist in Philadelphia.  ... she receives a letter that begins, “You have a sister. A twin to be exact…”
       Learning her identical, hearing twin, Monica, experienced the normal childhood she was denied resurrects all of Lacey’s grief, and she angrily sets out to find Monica and her biological parents. But the truth about Monica’s life, their brief shared past, and the reason for the twins’ separation is far from simple.

      The book starts off with a bang -- with the letter and Lacey's search for her twin.  The middle part drags out, and the ending is rushed chock full of events.
      I recommended this book to my book club.  We are all employees at a school for the deaf: one principal, one guidance counselor, the rest teachers, and I'm the lucky one to be retired.  
      We had a good discussion.  Some of us felt the author spent too much time or too many paragraphs explaining things about deaf culture and deaf education.  
      The reason for the twins' separation took us by surprise.  We thought another element at  the end of the book was unnecessary (I won't give any spoilers here). 
     This is a good book for book clubs to discuss:  pros and cons of various elements inside the book. 

disclaimer:  I received this book from the author for my honest review.  Thanks, Mary!

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