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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 A Language of Silence
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The narrator is in the midst of relationship troubles: Mel, their deaf girlfriend, refuses to sign to them, only leaving angry post-it notes. Meanwhile, the narrator's parents are on their third re-marriage to each other, and fighting over the renovation of the house they recently bought.

Mel leaves the narrator, and the new house burns down, injuring the narrator's father. The father reveals the house was meant to be for the narrator when their parents passed on. Though Mel returns, there is a silence between them, to the point where the narrator believes they're going deaf too.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia

    Type of disability

    Profound deafness.

    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view First person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Sleepers Almanac No. 9 Sleepers Almanac Number Nine Zoe Dattner (editor), Louise Swinn (editor), Collingwood : Sleepers Publishing , 2014 7275649 2014 anthology short story

    'A stellar collection of some of the best short stories being written today. Delve into this renowned annual anthology and discover outstanding new fiction, and some impressive new voices in literature.' (Publication summary)

    Collingwood : Sleepers Publishing , 2014
    pg. 269
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