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jul 21, 2010, 10:49am

I'm looking for some more novels by Deaf authors with deaf characters in it. Anyone have some good suggestions?

jul 30, 2010, 1:03pm

Has anyone read Islay? Is it any good?

Redigeret: sep 25, 2010, 11:01pm

Go to the Gallaudet University Library's catalog search web page, .
In the search box, enter: deaf fiction
You'll retrieve hundreds of entries about books with deaf characters. Go crazy....

Redigeret: sep 25, 2010, 11:02pm

As for Douglas Bullard's Islay, I found its writing somewhat awkward and clumsy, though to be fair, that's common among authors' first novels. However, it's somewhat popular among deaf intelligentsia as an early work in what is now increasingly recognized as the "deafhood" movement.

nov 26, 2010, 12:52pm

Thanks for the link. I have enjoyed its expansive listings.

I agree with you about Islay. The writing was a little stunted. I was disappointed. Still, I did enjoy the idea behind the story. It was an interesting perspective.

Has anyone read Cynthia Peters' Deaf American Literature? That was where I first heard of Islay. Her critique was rather good, though I prefered her interpretation of signed Deaf literature.

Redigeret: apr 28, 2011, 5:41pm

I do not know which authors are deaf apart from one; some have experience with people who are deaf (eg. Deborah Kent, an author who's blind, has written a couple that have characters who are deaf, including Jody, and Ten-Speed Summer).

I highly recommend the Hear No Evil series by Kate Chester, who also wrote Tell Me How the Wind Sounds
by Leslie Davis Guccione (same author).

I do know Marlee Matlin is deaf and she wrote Deaf Child Crossing. I'm not certain about other authors.

I list more books under the general tag "deaf or hearing impaired" which includes both deaf--fiction and hearing impaired--fiction.

Lillian Rosen - Just Like Everybody Else -- I don't own the book but that's a good one.

Elizabeth Hutchins - There's Something About Mondays -- I highly recommend, based on the author's child's experiences. It includes an FM system when cords attached from it to the hearing aids.

Claire H. Blatchford also wrote several. Nick's Mission, Nick's Secret, and, All Alone (Except for My Dog Friday).

My favourite is Who Stole Kathy Young? by Margaret Goff Clark. The author did research it as stated near the beginning of the book.

If you only read books by deaf authors then you'd be severely limiting yourself, as there's some great fiction stories out there. I'm mainly interested in the children's/young adult fiction books though, not adult fiction.