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Mean little deaf queer : a memoir

Author: Terry Galloway
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Galloway was born, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on the fetus's nervous system. With disarming candor, the author writes about her breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent world populated by unforgettable characters.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Terry Galloway; Terry Galloway
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Galloway
ISBN: 9780807073315 0807073318
OCLC Number: 663899126
Description: xvii, 230 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Terry Galloway.

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When Galloway was born, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on the fetus's nervous system. With disarming candor, the author writes about her breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent world populated by unforgettable characters.

"When Terry Galloway was born on Halloween, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening, hallucinatory childhood where everything, including her own body, changed for the worse. But those unwelcome changes awoke in this particular child a dark, defiant humor that fueled her lifelong obsessions with language, duplicity, and performance. As a ten-year-old self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury at her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater and performance-onstage and off-to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, Terry writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and her life in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life."--Publisher's description.

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