Grania O'Neil is a deaf girl growing up in Deseronto, Ontario. She falls in love with and marries a hearing man, but the couple is soon separated by the events of the First World War. This novel is really something special. The writing is exquisite and the characters are fascinating, but the vivid descriptions of daily life for a deaf woman in the early twentieth century are perhaps what make Deafening so original and so spectacular.
Jessica Sheff (Staff) (Preston Library)