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ISBN13: 9780385530637
ISBN10: 0385530633
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From a fresh and exciting new voice in women's fiction, The Language of Secrets unflinchingly examines the lifelong repercussions of a father's betrayal.

Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away. And a visit to the cemetery brings the greatest shock of all—next to the graves of his father and mother sits a smaller tombstone for a three-year-old boy: a boy named Thomas Justin Fisher.

What follows is an extraordinary journey as Justin struggles with issues of his own identity and pieces together the complex and heartbreaking truth about his family. With great skill and care, Dianne Dixon explores the toll that misunderstandings, blame, and resentment can take on a family. But it is the intimate details of family life—a mother's lullaby for her son, a father's tragic error in judgment—that make this novel so exceptional and an absolute must for reading groups everywhere.

The Language of Secrets is the story of an unspeakable loss born of human frailty and an ultimate redemption born of human courage.


It is the intimate details of family life--a mother's lullaby for her son, a father's tragic error in judgment--that make "The Language of Secrets" so exceptional. It's the story of an unspeakable loss born of human frailty and an ultimate redemption born of human courage.

About the Author

DIANNE DIXON is a screenwriter living in California who has twice been nominated for an Emmy, has won a Humanitas Prize for work done in television, and has been Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.

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Vicki Newell, June 6, 2010 (view all comments by Vicki Newell)
I loved this book!!! Imagine having pieces of your life gone. Missing years. Then, slowly, bits and pieces come back. But what you are remembering makes no sense. You find the house you grew up in but strangers are living there.
You are told your father is dead, so you go to the cemetery only to find another headstone next to his. Your mother. But then, there is a third headstone with the name Thomas Justin Fisher. Three years can that be? You are Thomas Justin Fisher. And that's just the beginning of the web of lies and betrayals.

There is so much more I could say about this book, but don't want to spoil it if you decide to read it. I can't imagine why anyone not liking this book, because I loved it so much. The book jumps from character to character, present to past and back again. And ends with one last shock. I couldn't finish this book fast enough. I HAD to know how it was going to play out. And when it did end, I was sad that I had to say goodbye to everyone, especially Justin and Caroline.

I can't wait to read more from this talented author.
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gaby317, May 4, 2010 (view all comments by gaby317)
When I first started The Language of Secrets, I wasn't sure what to expect. The book opens with Justin Fisher pulling up to a beautiful old wooden house 20 minutes from Los Angeles. Justin is so nervous that he's trembling and he hides this from his young wife. It is clear that Justin doesn't know what to expect and is somewhat disoriented, we don't know why his memory appears spotty - whether there is something wrong with Justin's mental state or if some event has caused these "missing pieces -- blank spaces where important parts of his past should have been". It is clear that there's a mystery and that it began over a decade ago.

Justin discovers that the dreaded family reunion has been postponed. It has taken him so long to return to the house on Lima Street, that it is too late to see his parents. When he discovers his grave next to theirs, Justin begins to wonder about his grip on reality. To be h0nest, I did too -- Dianne Dixon keeps us guessing about the mystery of Justin's gravestone and who Justin Fisher really is.

This uncertainty, coupled with the stresses of a new job and relocation from England, and the growing pains of his recent marriage put additional pressure on Justin just as he appears fragile. Dixon is careful not tip her hand - and the details and the writing draw us into the mystery and keep us wondering.

As Justin slowly comes across clues to his past and Dixon reveals what happened during those "missing years", she weaves in the story of Justin's different parents. Once Dixon introduced Caroline and told her story, The Language of Secrets transformed from a good read to an amazing story. As the book will affect each reader in a unique way, to me The Language of Secrets was a book about motherhood - the sacrifices, pains, joy, and misunderstood moments. The Language of Secrets is a unique book, beautifully crafted and powerful.

ISBN-10: 0385530633 - Hardcover
Publisher: Doubleday (March 23, 2010), 272 pages
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