Annie Trimble is the town's outcast, an "idiot" girl who endures a lonely, silent world.

When Alex Montgomery's irresponsible brother rapes Annie, Alex marries her in order to raise the child that results from the rape. Unable to father a child of his own, Alex plans to keep the baby and then commit Annie to an institution.

But Alex comes to love his mute wife and discovers that Annie is not insane or simple, but deaf. Alex's love ushers him into her solitary world and shows him the brilliance and fire within her wounded soul. He takes her from innocence to passion, learning her private language as well as the healing language of love. But what will happen when it is time to let Annie go?

Only a writer of Catherine Anderson's sensibilities can write a novel where the extraordinary becomes ordinary and the ordinary extraordinary. ANNIE'S SONG is a remarkably beautiful love story that will leave an indelible mark on your heart. Here is a "keeper" if I ever read one! SENSUAL (Jan., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin