The Language of Paradise by Barbara Klein Moss
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
The writing was far better than the plot, which probably was what kept me reading for as long as I did. And maybe the blurb could have indicated that the apparently pivotal relationships don't even form until over a third of the way into the book (I know this only because I got a third of the way through and realized that what I was reading didn't match anything on the back, which is when I gave up). Even the set up to this was incredibly slow. Yes, it matches literature of that time, but some sensible editing and a little faster pacing would not have gone amiss. DNF.
ARC provided by publisher.