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Secret Language

A touching tale of the lives of two sisters

By Monica Wood

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For readers of THE TROUBLE WITH GOATS AND SHEEP and A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD, this is a heartbreaking and heartwarming novel about two sisters trying reconnect after their dysfunctional childhood, by the acclaimed author of THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY.

SECRET LANGUAGE by Monica Wood is a moving and compelling tale of two sisters as they reconnect, not to be missed by readers of Anne Tyler, Joanna Cannon and Sue Monk Kidd.

'Fiercely lyrical... [Wood] writes with sensitivity and intuitive insight about relationships coming apart and the walls people erect to keep others out' Publishers Weekly

As children, dragged around the country by semi-famous actor parents who could barely take care of themselves, sisters Faith and Constance had to rely on one another.

As adults, though, they have drifted apart: Faith has children and a grounded domestic life - but hasn't necessarily found unconditional love; whereas Constance, a flight attendant, is always searching for her true place in life.

Then Isadora, the half-sister they never knew existed, makes her dramatic entrance into their lives. This crisis forces Faith and Constance into their long-forgotten childhood habits, and they begin to make their way back to one another and find a new way to be a family.

What readers are saying about SECRET LANGUAGE:

'So glad I discovered Monica Wood. Her language is gorgeous, her characters compelling, and she delicately describes the pain and joy of human relationships in a way we can all identify with'

'Extremely well written and thought-provoking with outstanding character development'

'A rare and affecting book that can create such heartfelt turmoil. Highly recommend for readers who love realistic stories about family life'

Biographical Notes

Monica Wood is an award-winning, bestselling novelist and memoirist. Born in Maine, New England, to an Irish Catholic family, she worked as a guidance counsellor and in a nursing home before becoming a full-time writer. She is also a singer, and travelled the New England circuit singing jazz, country, pop and gospel for many years. She lives in Maine with her husband.

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  • ISBN: 9781472232021
  • Publication date: 26 Jan 2017
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A graceful and insightful look into the lives of two sisters... Secret Language is both heartbreaking and heartwarming — Ann Hood, author of RUBY
A stunner... A beautifully sustained narrative, remarkable for its clarity and depth — Detroit Free Press
Beautifully done - her language is gorgeous — Dawn Raffle, author of THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS
A novel this good - realistic and hopeful at once - is a marvel — Maine Progressive
Deft and delicate... I can think of no more impressive recent debut of a novelist voice, one that speaks not to our minds, but to our hearts — Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Fiercely lyrical... [Wood] writes with sensitivity and intuitive insight about relationships coming apart and the walls people erect to keep others out — Publishers Weekly
Praise for THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY: 'Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash' — Sunday Mirror
Clever, intricate plot, beautifully sketched characters and life-affirming message of self-discovery — Stylist
A lovely, quirky novel about misfits across generations — Daily Mail
Curl up and enjoy this bewitching novel — Woman & Home
This inspirational tale of friendship, world records and following dreams is a stunner — Heat
A graceful and insightful look into the lives of two sisters... Secret Language is both heartbreaking and heartwarming
A stunner... A beautifully sustained narrative, remarkable for its clarity and depth
Beautifully done - her language is gorgeous
A novel this good - realistic and hopeful at once - is a marvel
Deft and delicate... I can think of no more impressive recent debut of a novelist voice, one that speaks not to our minds, but to our hearts
Fiercely lyrical... [Wood] writes with sensitivity and intuitive insight about relationships coming apart and the walls people erect to keep others out
Praise for THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY: 'Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash'
Clever, intricate plot, beautifully sketched characters and life-affirming message of self-discovery
A lovely, quirky novel about misfits across generations
Curl up and enjoy this bewitching novel
This inspirational tale of friendship, world records and following dreams is a stunner
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