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True biz : a novel / Sara Nović.

Nović, Sara, 1987- (author.).

"True biz? The students at the River Valley School for the Deaf just want to hook up, pass their history final, and have doctors, politicians, and their parents stop telling them what to do with their bodies. This revelatory novel plunges readers 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 at the same time. 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, cochlear implants 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."-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593241509
  • ISBN: 0593241509
  • Physical Description: 386 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2022]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Reese's Book Club"--Dust jacket.
"An earlier version of Eliot's story was published as "Conversion" in Guernica, February 17, 2014" -- Title page verso.
Awards Note:
Alex Award winner, 2023
Subject: Deaf children > Fiction.
Deaf > Education > Fiction.
Deaf > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Deaf > Means of communication > Fiction.
American Sign Language > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Boarding schools > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
School fiction.

Available copies

  • 53 of 59 copies available at SPARK Libraries. (Show)
  • 4 of 4 copies available at Cambria County Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Portage Public Library.


  • 2 current holds with 59 total copies.
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