Fic­tion

The Face Tells the Secret

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

A sur­prise vis­it from her estranged moth­er in Tel Aviv is the begin­ning of a tumul­tuous jour­ney for Rox­anne, a sin­gle 40-year-old prod­uct design­er in Pitts­burgh. Mom isn’t well enough to return to Israel alone, so Rox­anne accom­pa­nies her. In Tel Aviv, she meets her Israeli cousins, learns she has a pro­found­ly dis­abled sis­ter who lives in the Galilee, and begins to unearth a chain of dis­turb­ing fam­i­ly secrets. At the res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ty where her sis­ter lives, Rox­anne meets an extra­or­di­nary man. But to forge the kind of mean­ing­ful con­nec­tion that long elud­ed her, Rox­anne must face her his­to­ry and acknowl­edge the ways she’s been shaped by it.

The Face Tells the Secret is the sto­ry of a woman who finds love and learns how to open her­self to its plea­sures. It’s also a sto­ry that explores dis­abil­i­ty from many angles and rais­es ques­tions about our respon­si­bil­i­ty to care for our kin. How do we care for the wound­ed peo­ple in our life? When is it nec­es­sary to turn away from someone’s suffering?

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