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SECRET LANGUAGE by Monica Wood is a moving and compelling tale of two sisters as they reconnect, not to be missed by readers of Anne Tyler, Joanna Cannon and Sue Monk Kidd.

‘Fiercely lyrical… [Wood] writes with sensitivity and intuitive insight about relationships coming apart and the walls people erect to keep others out’ Publishers Weekly

As children, dragged around the country by semi-famous actor parents who could barely take care of themselves, sisters Faith and Constance had to rely on one another.

As adults, though, they have drifted apart: Faith has children and a grounded domestic life – but hasn’t necessarily found unconditional love; whereas Constance, a flight attendant, is always searching for her true place in life.

Then Isadora, the half-sister they never knew existed, makes her dramatic entrance into their lives. This crisis forces Faith and Constance into their long-forgotten childhood habits, and they begin to make their way back to one another and find a new way to be a family.

What readers are saying about SECRET LANGUAGE:

‘So glad I discovered Monica Wood. Her language is gorgeous, her characters compelling, and she delicately describes the pain and joy of human relationships in a way we can all identify with’

‘Extremely well written and thought-provoking with outstanding character development

‘A rare and affecting book that can create such heartfelt turmoil. Highly recommend for readers who love realistic stories about family life’


A graceful and insightful look into the lives of two sisters... Secret Language is both heartbreaking and heartwarming
Ann Hood, author of RUBY
A stunner... A beautifully sustained narrative, remarkable for its clarity and depth
Detroit Free Press
Beautifully done - her language is gorgeous
Dawn Raffle, author of THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS
A novel this good - realistic and hopeful at once - is a marvel
Maine Progressive
Deft and delicate... I can think of no more impressive recent debut of a novelist voice, one that speaks not to our minds, but to our hearts
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Fiercely lyrical... [Wood] writes with sensitivity and intuitive insight about relationships coming apart and the walls people erect to keep others out
Publishers Weekly
Praise for THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY: 'Beautifully written, cleverly constructed, at times hilariously funny and ultimately deeply affecting - this should be a smash'
Sunday Mirror
Clever, intricate plot, beautifully sketched characters and life-affirming message of self-discovery
A lovely, quirky novel about misfits across generations
Daily Mail
Curl up and enjoy this bewitching novel
Woman & Home
This inspirational tale of friendship, world records and following dreams is a stunner