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Turn On the Light So I Can Hear
Title : Turn On the Light So I Can Hear
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ISBN : 9780692283165
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 270

A young artist badly in need of money bluffs her way through an interview into a job she is not prepared for.To succeed, she must make room in her life for two people: Curtis, a deaf architect who has sworn he will never date a hearing woman, and thirteen-year-old Alex, profoundly deaf, rebellious, bold, and frightened. As each takes new risks in friendship and love, the hA young artist badly in need of money bluffs her way through an interview into a job she is not prepared for.To succeed, she must make room in her life for two people: Curtis, a deaf architect who has sworn he will never date a hearing woman, and thirteen-year-old Alex, profoundly deaf, rebellious, bold, and frightened. As each takes new risks in friendship and love, the hearing and deaf worlds come together.With sign language--nimble and evocative--at its center, Turn On the Light So I Can Hear is about reaching across distances, the transformative powers of art, and finding a place to belong.

Turn On the Light So I Can Hear Reviews

  • Agnieszka

    I love the book, the characters (at least the important - Bretna's family not so much - though I suppose it's on purpose), their development, the way the story is told - almost everything.I don't know why I'm so much fascinated by sign language but now I want even more learn it. Without any real knowledge about deaf or hearing-impaired people and their lives it appears to me the author made a great job to show the tension between the worlds of hearing and deaf people and those somewhere in-betwe [...]

  • Christine

    08/22/15 - Since my 3 star review was mostly for the fact that I hated that the story just ended, I am moving the review to 4 stars since now I am told there will be a sequel. YAY! Can not wait to read more about these two wonderful characters.08/11/15 -Bretna is an artist. She gets hired as an interrupter for a deaf boy. Bretna is faking knowing ASL. She knows how to spell in ASL and that is about it. She is not qualified to interrupt. As she takes a "refresher" course in ASL, she meets a deaf [...]

  • Sandra Stiles

    I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.This is the third book I have reviewed for this author. Each has been different. The main character in this book is Bretna. She is an artist. When her sculptures stop selling she looks for a job to pay the bills. She needs a job that will pay a certain amount and allow her to continue to work on her art. The solution to her problem? Take a job paying $18 an hour as an interpretor for a deaf student. Bretna has one [...]

  • Melinda

    Several things I loved about Turn On The Light So I Can Hear were that it involved ASL, the deaf community and the hearing community, hearing loss, and a glimpse on what it's like to be an interpreter for a deaf student. Most books don't focus on this so I found it great that this novel did. However, the problem I had with this story was that certain sections of the book didn't capture my attention. I would read a little bit of it, then check my phone for a minute, and then go back to reading th [...]


    I'll start from the cover - It is so beautiful that it took my breath away. Now, to the title - only after I started to read the book the real meaning of it sank into me and I think it's fits, so fit that it's like glove to the plot. like glove to the plot. The title is so right and so ingenious that it made me wonder, why it never occurred to me before how deaf person would manage without a light (and please, don't bring forward Helen Keller, which I admire too).Anyway, I got this book by mail, [...]

  • Sharon

    At first I didn't like the book. I kept reading and am so glad I did. This is a good read and I'm happy to have finished it.

  • Charliene

    Easy read concerning a difficult topic.

  • Kerry

    While the description of this book's plot lead me to believe that it was mostly focused on how the hearing and Deaf worlds both collide and align, I found that that is actually not the case, and the description is misleading (I do not like summarizing the plot in reviews, as anyone can read the descriptions hear on , , or from other reviewers). Turn On the Light So I Can Hear does include relationships between Deaf and hearing, and touches upon issues that the Deaf community faces, but hardly at [...]

  • Linden

    At eighteen, Bretna had fled her dysfunctional family across the country to New England for a new, less complicated life in art school. Now as an artist, to help keep herself afloat financially, she applies to be an interpreter/tutor for a deaf student in a local high school. Being fluent in American Sign Language has turned out to be a requirement. Okay, she thinks,--though she doesn't know more than a few words in sign--how hard could it be? She has all summer to learn it.Bretna is an amalgam [...]

  • Laura

    I received an advance reader copy of the book for free through Story Cartel. I chose to read this one because of the title and because I was intrigued by the premise. A young woman takes on a job as an interpreter for a deaf high school student, even though she does not know a lot of sign language. She takes a course to learn enough to be his interpreter, and forms a relationship with the teacher of the course. As the story progresses, we flash between scenes of her childhood as she tries to unr [...]

  • Tina

    Reviewed by Aly on behalf ofThe Book Landers Turn On the Light So I Can Hear was a good read. It had solid writing and at no time did I feel that the writing was less than on par. I did find that occasionally the book jumped around a bit, and that I occasionally had a difficult time following along until I went back and reread a few sentences. I also felt that certain scenes didn’t hold my attention as well as others, and I would take a minute to check my phone or play with my tablet. Other th [...]

  • Dawn

    I received a copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing’s Member Giveaways in return for an honest review.For me, the plot line could have been tighter. Yes, Bretna is a starving artist, but what is her end objective? She obviously takes on the job for the $18/hour paycheck because bills are tight, but there is a real disconnect about what her plans are for when school ends.What the reader is given is a good chunk of a story that would be better if it were plumped out. The transitions [...]

  • Nicole

    I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Easily, my favorite part of the whole book was the descriptions of Bretna's sculptures. They sound so beautiful and I wish that I could see work like that in person. Due to the author's in depth and detailed descriptions of the glass, the colors, and the sculpture itself, I was able to picture these pieces and even feel the emotions that she was attempting to convey in her work. Now, to be honest, the book was s [...]

  • Donna

    The synopsis says this story is about a woman bluffing her way into a job she isn't qualified for and the journey as the hearing and deaf worlds collide. While that is true, to me the story is more about the journey a young woman makes in reconciling her troubled upbringing, and her memories of it, to the realities of her life today.Bretna was raised by an emotionally unavailable father and a mentally unstable mother. Her mother blamed Bretna for every bad thing that happened and constantly told [...]

  • Tracey

    I must admit, I'm not much for reading books that would be considered current - anything less than 100 years old rarely makes the cut with me. My heart and mind have long belonged to the classics, which is a failing that I've been trying to correct lately. I'm so glad that I am, because my desire to expand my horizons has led me to read this gem.Teri Kanefield is not an author whose name I was familiar with, but I came across a request for readers of this novel, and was immediately intrigued wit [...]

  • Earl

    Turn On the Light So I Can Hear from Teri Kanefield is both a wonderful portrayal of many of the issues surrounding deaf culture in a largely hearing world as well as a sort of (partial) coming of age story.Having a protagonist who straddles deaf culture (hearing impaired) and fully hearing brings a nuance to the events we see as she interacts with two very different extremes. She tutors a deaf student whose family has insisted he not embrace deaf culture and she also becomes involved with a dea [...]

  • Jennie Posthumus

    For anyone who has never experienced the trials and tribulations of having a hearing impairment, or knowing someone who does, this novel is a great window into that world. As someone who grew up with a parent who was partially deaf, this novel really hit the experiences a person could have. It’s also a great story about someone who never fit in with her family, yet was desperate to do so; how it took years to truly find a place where she was welcome and felt “at home”. As an artist, Bretna [...]

  • T.D.

    I really enjoyed this book. I was pulled into the story right away and quickly felt connected to the main characters. I especially liked the the descriptions of Bretna's art pieces. I could really picture them clearly from the author's words. I liked the way that Bretna did not dwell on her past or let it ruin her present and future. Occasionally it was a little confusing when the chapters flashed back and forth between past and present, and I wish that Alex's situation had been wrapped up a lit [...]

  • Daiane

    *I received an advanced readers editions from story cartel* I decided to read this book because of the synopsis and reviews being given. I thought it was a great and fantastic read. This is my first time reading a book by this author, and although the book didn't go as deep as I would have liked it to be, it still was very intriguing. The pace of the book was perfect and the story plot wasn't too fast or too slow. The writing was okay and besides all of these elements, I enjoyed the story itself [...]

  • Deborah

    I loved this book. I didn't stop reading from page one to the end. Normally I don't like jumping from the past to the present and back and forth over and over. But in this book it worked perfectly. I don't think the book would have worked any other way. It was a wonderful set of characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. The descriptive quality of the writer was wonderful. I could see the sculptures described in the book so clearly. Wish i could buy one. They sounded so beautiful. I learn [...]

  • J. A.Lewis

    There is a lot going on in this book. A young woman is hired on as a translator for a deaf boy who is main streamed in regular high school. She has no knowledge of ASL and takes a crash course leading to the first relationship with the man teaching the class. Then there's a relationship between she and her roommates. Next we have a relationship with the deaf teenager, his parents and the people who hire her. I found some of these relationships to be a bit of a distraction and probably unnecessar [...]

  • Claudia

    I received an ebook version of the book from the publishing company for an honest review.I liked the book and thought the areas of deaf culture were interesting. At times, there wasn't a transition from the present day to the past and it was a bit confusing to figure out what was going on. There wasn't much character development beside that of the three main characters. I felt that there were several characters and scenes that were not necessary to the story. They seemed to be added as filler.Th [...]

  • Anna Marie

    This was a hard book for me to read, because the protagonists mother *IS* my mother. I grew up the eldest of three, the younger two pitted against me, my mother hating me (in my case, because I was like the sister she'd hated). Reading about my mother was HARSH. But I can't fault the author. She didn't know.The story is unique and doesn't play by the rules - it dances around them. Which makes it fun and interestingBut I couldn't give it five stars, because I don't like the ending. NOTHING is res [...]

  • Jeanie

    Teri Kanefield's startlling and compassionate story about Bretna, a talented yet shattered artist who takes a job tutoring a high school who is deaf in a "hearing" school is astonishingly good. Bretna has endured a completely dysfunctional family which, due in part to her personal partial hearing loss, has ostracized her and her talents. Her journey to healing and self love through her service to the young student, battling the system and his parents, and finding love with an ASL teacher is one [...]

  • Amaya

    I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This is a very creative story; there are only a handful of stories that have deaf characters. This book has lots of pros and cons; mostly pros. The author was very descriptive about how the signs are made or when the art was being described. I could picture both of those things, which happens very rarely when I read a book. The biggest con that I had was when the story changed to the main characters past. It wa [...]

  • Nicki

    When I saw the title of the book, Turn on the Light So I Can Hear, I could not imagine what the book would be about. But the title is a catchy title. The story has the theme of deafness. Yet the book has so much more to it. The characters have flaws, weaknesses and hang ups just like real folks we all know. They also have strengths and talent. Art is an interesting addition. Throw in a teenager with all the angst that is part of being a teen. The result is a book with well thought out characters [...]

  • Cheryl Bradley

    Deeper than just a romanceThis story was a pleasant surprise. Bretna moves cross country to attend art school. Unable to sell her sculptures, she takes a job interpreting for a deaf high school boy. The catch is Bretna doesn't know sign language. She takes a course in ASL and finds herself attracted to the instructor, Curtis. The catch is Curtis doesn't date hearing women. Can Bretna convince him they belong together after all? This story also touches on issues of identity and belonging and unde [...]

  • Rosanna Murphy

    Good storyWhile I felt that a lot of the circumstances in the story were a bit shaky, the story itself was good. I'm not sure that a person who only took several sign language classes would actually be hired as an interperator for a deaf child. I also don't think a person would become as fluent in the language, so quickly, like Bretna did. It was a good read, thoughI enjoyed it. I will read other novels by this author because of her good writing style and lack of typos, bad grammar, etc.

  • Ana

    Loved itI bought this on a whim and I'm so glad I did. It's really thoughtful and introspective. This book isn't a romance it's more a book on introspection. It's well written and I loved seeing how all the relationships in Britnas life develop and change her. Everything is subtle and nuanced yet really graphic at the same time. This book is really visual in a way. The tone is quiet, reserved yet within that she manages to share so much. I totally recommend it. It involves you and won't let you [...]

  • Angela Lambkin

    Wow! What a romance yet with information of how one who did not know that she had so much hearing loss until she happened to have to have an operation for a disease that was in her ear and all her experiences up to that point and onward So, I Would like to recommend this for four stars and for high school teens and up especially or for those who may also be experiencing hearing loss as well or know of someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. I received this for free and in return, here is my hone [...]