Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

Book Description:
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. Read an Excerpt
About the Author:
Dianne Dixon is a television writer who has won the prestigious Humanitas Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting, has been twice nominated for an Emmy, and regularly receives glowing reviews of her work from producers and programming executives.

“Her characters dance off the page, they captivate.” (Jane Hewland/TwoShot Films, UK) “An enormously gifted writer.” (LaVerne McKinnon/former VP, CBS Television) “Her knowledge of storytelling is both clear and articulate.” (Nate Hopper/Sony Pictures)
In 2007, Pitzer College in Claremont, California appointed Dixon to the position of Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. She was a 2008 nominee for the Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College, and she has taught screenwriting at the Dodge College of Film & Media at Chapman University in Orange, California.
Over the course of her career, she has written for both American and European television. She has produced family programming for the Fox Network and has created prime time drama for Sky Television in England. For five years, she co-hosted “Peter & Dianne,” a top-rated, drive-time talk show on KABC Radio in Los Angeles.
The Language of Secrets is Dixon’s first novel. She currently lives with her husband in California.

Here's What I Think:
I am discovering that screen writers make great authors. I love a book that has vivid imagery and Language of Secrets is just that. The main character, Justin, is your normal guy with a bit of a dark past. As with many of us, when we start a family of our own, we often look back the family we came from. If things are broken we make the attempt to mend them. But Justin quickly learns that he not only waited too long, but that things are no where near what he thought they were. It is a little bit of a tear jerker, edge of your seat sort of book, and a great read. Dixon is able to keep the "big secret" right up till the end. I was surprised and I think you will be too! I would strongly suggest this for your next book club selection, as there is lots to talk about. The most incredible part of this story is that it is totally feasible!

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a copy of this book from Random House, I was in no other way compensated to write this review.

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