Signing

Sometimes the word “love” doesn’t need to be spoken.

A deaf man and a hearing woman fall in love.
This is a story about reaching across distances, and the things we do to get through to each other.

An earlier version of this short story was published in The Iowa Review. The story is also an excerpt from Teri Kanefield’s novel, Turn On The Light So I Can Hear. More
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About Teri Kanefield

Teri writes novels, short stories, essays, stories for children, and nonfiction for both children and adults.

Her children's books include The Girl From the Tar Paper School and Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face Justice. Both books were Junior Library Guild Selections. The Girl From The Tar Paper School was a California Reading Association Silver Honor book and was included in the New York Public Library's 100 children's books to read in 2014. Her first novel, Rivka's Way, was a Sydney Taylor Awards Notable Book.

Her stories and essays have appeared in publications as diverse as Education Week, Scope Magazine, The Iowa Review, The American Literary Review, and Cricket Magazine.

Teri lives in California by the beach.

Teri's books have received the following honors and distinctions:

The Girl From The Tar Paper School:
--California Reading Association Eureka Silver Honor Book Award
--Included in the New York Public Library's list of 100 books to read in 2014.
--Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (National Association of Teachers of English), Recommended Book
--A Junior Library Guild selection

Rivka's Way
--Sidney Taylor Book Awards, Notable book of 2001
--Lilith Magazine's 5th Annual Selection of Books for Young Readers
--Included in Great Books for Girls, by Kathleen Odean
--Included in Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens, by Linda R. Silver

Guilty? Crime, Punishment, and the Changing Face of Justice
--Junior Library Guild selection

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