Mar 28, 2010

The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon (Review and Giveaway)

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.


Dianne Dixon is a screenwriter living in California who has twice been nominated for an Emmy, has won a Humanitas Prize for work done in television, and has been Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.


The journey to find the truth about his past is a heart-wrenching one for Justin, as he tries desperately to put the pieces of his childhood together. The story switches back and forth between present day to his childhood years, and slowly the puzzle is solved. Justin must find the courage to search for answers if he is going to have a fulfilling life with his wife and child.

Filled with turmoil, young Justin is bounced between foster homes, but always clinging to a little photo album of himself when he was a baby. He remembers a little song that his birth mother sang to him, and these words will eventually bring him back home, if only to discover a truth that will crush him even more.

I absolutely could not put this book down until I was finished.

Read this awesome book, you won't regret it.


I have a giveaway ending on April 2 for two copies of this book, Canadian addresses only.  Check out the details and enter the contest here

Thanks to Doubleday Publishing for a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review!

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: March 23, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-385-53063-7 (0-385-53063-3)


  1. Thanks for stopping by my giveaway!

    Bill ;-)
    Author of Back to the Homeplace

  2. It really sounds like a wonderful book Janet Ruth. Thanks for the excellent review.

  3. OMG. The book is really awesome. People should jump on this giveaway. This book is a keeper.

  4. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com