True Biz (Large Print / Library Binding)
A regular customer recommended this book after I told her my high-schooler loves ASL. She said it lived up to the hype, and she was right! The story follows three central characters at a boarding and day school for the Deaf: the hearing (CODA) head of school; a golden-boy teen son of a multi-generational Deaf family; and a new girl who has a cochlear impant and is just learning about capital-D Deaf culture. I loved it because it's two parts coming-of-age story. one part mid-life crisis story woven into a fascinating, immersive lesson in Deaf history and culture. I'm ready to learn ASL after reading the moving, beautifully written book.— Sandie
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK - A "tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged" (The New York Times Book Review) novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political, and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War "For those who loved the Oscar-winning film CODA, a boarding school for deaf students is the setting for a kaleidoscope of experiences."--The Washington Post ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022--Oprah Daily, The Millions, Lit Hub, Publishers Weekly, BookPage True biz (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk
True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals, and have politicians, doctors, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they'll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who's never met another deaf person before; Austin, the school's golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing; and February, the hearing headmistress, a CODA (child of deaf adult(s)) who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin, and February find their lives inextricable from one another--and changed forever. This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss, and, above all, great persistence, daring, and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.
About the Author
Sara Novic holds an MFA from Columbia University, where she studied fiction and literary translation. Her first novel, Girl at War, won the American Library Association's Alex Award, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is an instructor of Deaf studies and creative writing, and lives in Philadelphia with her family.