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Summary

A transporting novel that follows a year of seismic romantic, political and familial shifts for a teacher and her students at a boarding school for the deaf, from the acclaimed author of Girl at War.

One of the most anticipated books of 2022 - Oprah Daily, The Millions, Lit Hub, BookPage

True biz (adj./exclamation; American Sign Language): really, seriously, definitely, real-talk

True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history finals and have politicians, doctors and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges listeners into the halls of a residential school for the deaf, where they'll meet Charlie, a rebellious transfer student who's never met another deaf person before, Austin, the school's golden boy, whose world is rocked when his baby sister is born hearing and February, the headmistress, who is fighting to keep her school open and her marriage intact, but might not be able to do both. As a series of crises both personal and political threaten to unravel each of them, Charlie, Austin and February find their lives inextricable from one another—and changed forever.

This is a story of sign language and lip-reading, disability and civil rights, isolation and injustice, first love and loss and, above all, great persistence, daring and joy. Absorbing and assured, idiosyncratic and relatable, this is an unforgettable journey into the Deaf community and a universal celebration of human connection.

©2022 Sara Novic (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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"Part tender coming-of-age story, part electrifying tale of political awakening, part heartfelt love letter to Deaf culture, True Biz is a wholly a wonder." (Celeste Ng)

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Absolutely Phenomenal

Loved this book, so inspiring and eye opening to the deaf experience and the ignorance of the hearing and lack of support given to deaf people.

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Important and great book!

Really really enjoyed this book and I learnt a lot. It's entertaining and compelling and no doubt I will be thinking about the characters for some time to come. The ending is slightly sudden but made sense to me! Spend your credit on this one! :)

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Totally Confused

So many loose ends and unanswered event happenings in this book. I listened to the last few chapters 4 times to see if I had missed something... I didn't, the book just didn't wrap the story up or make sense. Really disappointing, although the premise was good but could have been executed so much better.