Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue

by Dan Cray

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Overview

“STICKS AND STONES” HAD IT WRONG.

Words can hurt you, as elementary school teacher Jon Wanamaker learns while working to preserve a dying language. Already mired in the aftermath of a failed marriage, Jon is suddenly tormented by ghostly, ribbon-like sentences that stream across his vision, wrenching him in and out of consciousness.

But are they hallucinations, or something more? Minutes after the ribbons appear, a deranged sniper is hot on Jon’s trail; a pro baseball pitcher sees exactly what Jon is seeing, from three thousand miles away; and a neurophysicist is leaving cryptic warnings while rushing to Jon’s rural mountain community. Meanwhile Jon’s ex-wife, an ailing journalist searching for one final story, is about to expose a deadly, ribbon-related episode from Jon’s hidden past… a revelation that could endanger the entire region.

Then there are the whispers, about ties between the mysterious sentences and a wondrous “mother language” unspoken for four thousand years. As Jon’s swirling sentences mushroom, so does an unprecedented opportunity to safeguard his town while reviving hundreds of languages on the brink of extinction.

Are Jon’s ribbons something miraculous, as his growing convictions insist? Or are they dangerous, as the people hunting for him—and the woman he still loves—suspect? The startling answers promise to unlock new frontiers… if Jon can avoid falling prey to the Mother Tongue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940317090
Publisher: Delcominy Creations, L.L.C.
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Dan Cray sold his first story at age sixteen and won Time magazine's national essay contest two years later. His fiction includes two award-winning short stories and the paranormal thrillers Piercing Maybe and Mother Tongue. In nonfiction, he wrote Soaring Stones: A Kite-Powered Approach To Building Egypt's Pyramids and spent twenty-three years covering science for Time, where he reported sixty cover stories and shared a National Headliner Award. He holds a UCLA English degree and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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