What Happened to You?: Writing by Disabled Women

What Happened to You?: Writing by Disabled Women

by Lois Keith, Louis Ed. Keith
     
 

ISBN-10: 1565842804

ISBN-13: 9781565842809

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: New Press, The

Lois Keith was thirty-five, with a successful career, two daughters, and a partner of many years, when she was hit by a car and paralyzed from the waist down. Over the next few years, she discovered both a community of disabled people and a paucity of literature and public understanding about their lives. In response, she began soliciting the manuscripts that make up …  See more details below

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Lois Keith was thirty-five, with a successful career, two daughters, and a partner of many years, when she was hit by a car and paralyzed from the waist down. Over the next few years, she discovered both a community of disabled people and a paucity of literature and public understanding about their lives. In response, she began soliciting the manuscripts that make up "What Happened to You?", a candid, powerful, and often hilarious collection of fiction, essays, and poetry by women with disabilities. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds and ages, impairments and experiences, the thirty-six women included in the book write on everything from access to abuse, equality to equanimity, in what may well be the definitive volume on living with a disability. At the same time, this anthology tells a universal story about dealing with pain and illness, about overcoming prejudice and unjust legislation, and about the importance, regardless of an individual's fortitude, of creating a community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565842809
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Permissions
Introduction1
The Visit13
Pain Teaches Nothing18
Sight19
Making Choices25
A Tale of a Bubble32
Mustn't Grumble38
Different Dances41
Colostomy43
Snow White46
Shopping52
For Those Not Yet Angry53
Anger - Early Days55
Tomorrow I'm Going to Rewrite the English Language57
'Along the lane...'60
This Week I've Been Rushed Off My Wheels61
Summer Poetry73
What Happened to You?74
Being Sam's Mum77
Journey84
Bitter and Twisted90
Self-Respect91
Part of a Life93
Loss100
Disability105
Agoraphobia: Letting Go106
'My Brilliant Cancer!'113
All Lost?120
I Was Touched122
Our Friendship Is Mellowed to a Whisper, Sister129
Friends130
One More Time: A Horror Story133
Reaction-Interaction136
To a Deaf Child140
Patricia's Mother142
The Horns of My Dilemma151
Equal Opportunities... Yes, Please154
Watershed161
Abuse163
The Fall167
Prue Shows Her Knickers172
Do Unto Others179
What Did You Soy?S181
Day in the Life of Liz182
Freedom Fighter187
Warrior Woman189
Taking Liberties192
AppendixLetters between the editor and Maria Jastrzebska, Roz Rushworth and Ellie O'Sullivan198
Contributors' Notes215

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