Betanda Shanam’s Review of Clay Tongue

Clay Tongue
A Novelette

Nicholas Conley

December 19, 2016


Blurb: From the author of the award-winning Pale Highway and the radio play Something in the Nothing comes a short fantasy of love, shyness, and the secrets of human communication.

Katie Mirowitz is a small little girl with an even smaller little voice. She possesses a deep love for her grandfather, who suffers from aphasia after a bad stroke cuts loose the part of his brain that processes verbal language. When Katie uncovers a miraculous secret inside the pages of her grandfather’s old journal, as well as an ancient key, she goes out into the woods in search of answers — hoping to uncover a mythical being that, if it exists, may just have the ability to grant wishes.

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I love a fable, who doesn’t? ! 

Katie, a young girl who struggles with mutism, finds it difficult to find the right words. Her beloved Grandad suffers from a similar problem. After his stoke he is frustratingly unable to effectively communicate what he wants to say despite having plenty to talk about.  Katie is given an opportunity to give her grandad his voice back and have her deepest wish come true but at the last moment an unselfish action helps to change her life and that of a trapped soul. 

Clay Tongue is a charming read with a meaningful moral, mythological creature and a family secret.  An ideal read for children or those wanting a quick, satisfying read. 

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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