In This Sign

In This Sign


The bestselling classic about three generations of a deaf family in modern America, by the author of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

‘A miracle of empathy, a tour de force’ The New York Times

Two young deaf people, Abel and Janice, elope from their punitive school in the 1920s and begin married life with high hopes. But navigating ‘Outside’, the world of the hearing, is harder than they anticipated. After a misunderstanding about a car payment kickstarts years of debt for the couple, we follow them through the birth of their daughter Margaret, through grinding work, quiet tragedies and humble triumphs over the decades, as the rich language of Sign – and their powerful love for each other – enable them to survive.
Inspired by the author’s work with the deaf community, In This Sign is a rare, compassionate portrait of the lives of deaf people, and a moving family saga.

With an Introduction by Sara Novic and a new Afterword by the author

About the author

Joanne Greenberg

Joanne Greenberg is the author of nineteen books, including I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. She received the Harry and Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction Award as well as the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction in 1963 for her novel The King's Persons. Her novel In This Sign was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie called Love Is Never Silent. Greenberg was a volunteer firefighter and paramedic for thirteen years.
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