A Loss for Words: The Story of Deafness in a Family

Lou Ann Walker, Author HarperCollins Publishers $15.95 (208p) ISBN 978-0-06-015644-2
This is much more of a story than the subtitle suggests, beautifully written and deeply affecting. Born in the Midwest in 1952, Walker is one of three hearing daughters of Gale and Doris Jean Walker, both deafened as babies by illnesses. As the oldest child, the author served as her parents' ""interpreter,'' dealing with outsiders. There is humor in her recollections but nothing lighthearted in accounts of crude or condescending reactions to her father and mother from indifferent people. Walker is candid in detailing her own frustrations and the burdens of life with the deaf. Having graduated from Harvard, she eagerly went her own way, establishing a writing career in New York, but she reunites frequently with the family in a home warm with love and shared memories. The reader says a fervent amen when the author declares, ``I'd seen plenty of families where there was more communication and less love.'' (September 10)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1986
Release date: 09/01/1986
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-0-06-091425-7
Ebook - 224 pages - 978-0-06-212989-5
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