As a child, Lukeas mother often tells him the story of the Dumb House, an experiment on newborn babies raised in silence, designed to test the innateness of language. As Luke grows up, his interest in language and the delicate balance of life and death leads to amateur dissections of small animals a tiny hearts revealed still pumping, as life trickles away. But as an adult, following the death of his mother, Lukeas obsession deepens, resulting in a haunting and bizarre experiment on Lukeas own children.... the transaction I had entered into with Lillian hung in the balance: I could so easily have fallen under the spell of her thin body ... while she clung to me, making low gasping sounds and moving back and forth, gripping me tightly with her legs.
|Title||:||The Dumb House|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2010-12-15|