A Novel

Paperback - 2014
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The international debut sensation Deafening launched the story of Grania, deaf from the age of five, and her sister Tress, who helped to create their secret language. Tell picks up from the return of the sisters' husbands from the war, and follows Tress's partner Kenan, a young shell-shocked soldier who confines himself indoors, venturing outside only at night to visit the frozen bay where he skated as a boy. Saddened by her altered marriage, Tress seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie. But Maggie and her husband, Am, have problems of their own. Maggie finds joy singing in the town's newly created choral society. Am, troubled by the widening gulf in his marriage, spends more and more time in the clock tower above their apartment. As the second decade of the twentieth century draws to a close, the lives of the two couples become increasingly entwined. Startling revelations surface as layers of silence begin to crumble. Told with Itani's signature power and grace, Tell is both a deeply moving story about the burdens of the past, and a beautifully rendered reminder of how the secrets we bury to protect ourselves can also be the cause of our undoing.
Published: New York, NY :, Black Cat, imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc.,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780802123367
Branch Call Number: F ITA
Characteristics: 321 pages ;,21 cm.


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Aug 06, 2018

Set immediately after World War, this book focuses on returning soldier Kenan and his difficulty rue-entering a world marred by his injuries and psychological problems. It also focuses on. Maggie, a woman who comes alive while practicing for a Christmas concert, reviving her wonderful talent as a soprano. The book is a bit slow at times but each chapter unveils layer upon layer of each character’s past struggles. A quick read, especially in the summer.

lotuslori_8 Dec 27, 2017

I found the first 2/3 of the novel ho-hum, but as the long hidden feelings of the characters began to reveal themselves their stories became much more interesting. In the end, I did enjoy the book.

Nov 16, 2015

A nice book; it gives you a feel of the life of people in Ontario a round the first world war.

Jan 25, 2015

Disappointing as a follow-up to Deafening.

Jan 10, 2015

"I suppose that's the stuff we are made of, stories and journeys great or small, complete or incomplete, whatever gets passed on to us down the line."

Itani 'tells' well.

Jan 02, 2015

Started off well but fizzled out really.I skipped along quickly to the end.Was nominated for the Giller.


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