The Sign for Home (Compact Disc)

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The Sign for Home (Compact Disc)

By Blair Fell, Blair Fell (Read by)


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April 2022 Indie Next List

“Unforgettable and completely unique! Fell illuminates DeafBlind life in Arlo Dilly, who will steal your heart as he journeys to experience life and independence, and to break free of those who have been holding him back. A must read!”
— Maxwell Gregory, Madison Street Books, Chicago, IL

Staff Reviews

A Sign for Home demonstrates that a book does not have to be either character or plot driven.
Sometimes a book excels in providing both engaging characters and an interesting plot. I really don’t want to say a lot about the story itself because a large part of the reading experience is getting to know the characters and letting the story unfold.

I enjoyed the alternating perspectives, and I really appreciated Arlo’s which gave me a peek into how he makes meaning of his surroundings through use of his senses as well as how he communicates with both himself and others. The use of second person narrative for Arlo was an interesting choice. Some might find it off-putting, but I didn’t mind. Cyril gives excellent insight into what the role of an interpreter should and should not be as he tries to decide the extent of his ethical responsibilities to let Arlo know he has opportunities to advocate for himself and expand his world while not overstepping his professional boundaries and interfere. He provides an excellent foil to Molly, Arlo’s long-time interpreter, who is complicit in fulfilling his uncle’s desires to narrow Arlo’s world to the confines of their strict religious beliefs. One of the things I liked best is that Arlo, Cyril, Molly, and Hanne (and perhaps even Professor Bahr) needed each other to gain new perspectives and move beyond the constraints of their current existences. Although the ending was a bit chaotic, over the top, and improbable, perhaps that was the point. It also seems almost improbable to have a life controlled by others leading to such a limited existence. However, actual people inhabit our world whose lives most likely reflect a similar reality.
Fell’s deep roots in the Deaf and DeafBlind community provided a unique snapshot into a world most of us are unfamiliar with and can barely comprehend. I appreciated the gift of depth and complexity that I was given in this story. Driven by quirky but relatable characters, it was a joyful exploration of seeking the opportunities to live your life to its fullest potential. It raises many questions about control, values, and human existence. Who gets to decide what is a life well lived? What is important to having a rich life? Why is it important? Should you be defined by your limitations? And who gets to decide what is a limitation?

— Cori

Product Details ISBN: 9781797136288
ISBN-10: 1797136283
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Language: English