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Publisher's Summary

A powerful, compelling, topical novel about a relationship between a radio DJ and a teenage girl from the author of Dying Young and Daniel Isn't Talking.

She suddenly remembered a film he'd had her watch with Marlon Brando and a young, bewildered actress. In it, Brando's character had hit the girl with the heel of a shoe while she was naked in a bath. 'I wouldn't do that to you,' Craig had said as she gazed wretchedly at the film. He was making a point about his gentleness. 'I wouldn't rap your skull with a shoe.'

Years later she would remember Last Tango in Paris all over again but for different reasons. She would wonder what had been wrong in the '70s that such a film could have existed, with Maria Schneider being only 19 in real life. With Brando being in his late 40s. Why did the public not protest such a thing? It had been a terrible time, the '70s. At least a terrible time for girls like her.

©2016 Marti Leimbach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Marti Leimbach:
"If you like fiction emphatic and passionate, you'll relish this." (Independent)
"So heartfelt, realistic and informative.... Leimbach vividly portrays both overwhelming maternal love and the ins and outs of autism." (Sunday Times)
"One of the most enchanting and gripping books of the year.... Leimbach knows how to engage her readers completely." (Daily Mail)
"Tender, involving tale of a family in crisis." (Woman and Home)
"Powerful and moving, and also surprisingly funny. A love story in every sense." (Deborah Moggach)
"I adored Daniel Isn't Talking. I was riveted, engrossed - all those wonderful things one hopes for when opening a book. I thought her portrayal of a mother facing unbelievable hardships was very real and gripping." (Anita Shreve)
"Intense and gripping." (Daily Mail)
"A sobering account of the exasperations of raising an autistic child. Incredibly, Marti Leimbach manages to find hope." (Lionel Shriver)
"Any parent will recognise the combustion of love and anxiety that fuels Marti Leimbach's vivid new novel. Daniel Isn't Talking is an affecting study of parental devotion." (Jennifer Egan)
"A terrific book, informed passionate and touching. She handles the problem of the autistic child beautifully and I was thoroughly engrossed until the last page." (Joanne Harris)
"I cared so deeply for Daniel, and for his family's predicament. This novel is both tender and insightful." (Susan Fletcher, author of Eve Green)

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  • Graham
  • 02-07-17

Felt sorry for te narrator having to read this.

Would you try another book written by Marti Leimbach or narrated by Jennifer Woodward?

No, regret I would avoid both. I really disliked the book. Swearing, violence, aggression lying - not my cup of tea or entertainment.

Would you ever listen to anything by Marti Leimbach again?

Maybe not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Woodward’s performances?

No thank you.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No regret not. Hated it from the first few minutes.

Any additional comments?

In my view, very poorly scripted and too much confusion flitting from one time to another. Not an enjoyable listen at all.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 01-16-17

endured rather than enjoyed

I struggled to get into it and found not worth the wait, shame really as had potential