After becoming disabled at age 35, Lois Keith found herself "living in a society which had permission to exclude me from things I had grown to consider my right." She learned writing gave her relief, pleasure, and the key to a new community.
The essays, fiction, and poetry she gathered for What Happened to You? share differing experiences of women who are disabled or ill. A dancer who broke her neck performing talks of loathing the sense of being on show in the "lofty heights" of her wheelchair until she learned to dance quite differently. One woman gives voice to the undercurrents of anger, uncertainty, fear, and humiliation that colon cancer visits upon her. A disabled adoptive mother finds black humor seeking someone in similar circumstances through the personal ads only to be matched with an "athletic outdoor woman who enjoys hill-walking, climbing, and water sports."
Not all of the writing is polished, but most of it comes from the heart and rings true quite loudly. --Francesca Coltrera
From Library Journal
Disabled women face even greater obstacles than do women generally, and physically challenged lesbians and women of color deal with yet another set of problems. This anthology of prose, poetry, fiction, and personal memoirs by 36 disabled British women provides an interesting view of their life experiences. The women speak about child rearing, relationships, discrimination, inaccessible buildings, and abuse by caregivers. Full of anger, pain, rage, hope, warmth, humor, and politics, their work shows readers daily life with its struggles, failures, and triumphs. This book empowers all women by giving them a sense of community and showing their strength, courage, and dignity to the world. A unique and interesting anthology; recommended for women's studies collections.?Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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