Lennard J. Davis grew up as the hearing child of deaf parents. In this candid, affecting, and often funny memoir, he recalls the joys and confusions of this special world, especially his complex and sometimes difficult relationships with his working-class Jewish immigrant parents. Gracefully slipping through memory, regret, longing, and redemption, My Sense of Silence is an eloquent remembrance of human ties and human failings.
About the Author
Table of Contents
The Grain of Sounds 1
Language and the Word of My Father 16
The Two Mothers 33
Brother's Keeper 62
Honeymoon with Mom 73
College and Other Awakenings 130
What People are Saying About This
A provocative and personal odyssey of growing up with deaf parents, remarkable for it’s candor, humor and originality. Davis’s memories are passionate and fierce as he pieces together the stories of his family, probing the elusive relationships between childhood and adult life. Highly recommended.
(Paul Preston, author of Mother Father Deaf: Living between Sound and Silence and co-director of the National Resource Canter for Parents with Disabilities)