Cover of: The silents | Charlotte Abrams

About the Book

Author Charlotte Abrams presents her memoir of life in Chicago with her sister and her deaf parents. Hers is a loving portrayal of how a close Jewish family survived the Depression and the home front hardships of World War II with the added complications of communication for her mother and father. Rich episodes detail history from a particularly acute point of view that entertain as they subtly inform.

Her father, a former prizefighter, considered the gift of a radio an intrusion until he found that he could have his hearing daughters pantomime the Joe Louis-Billy Conn fight as it occurred.

The Silents departs from other narratives about deaf parents and hearing children when the family discovers that Abrams' mother is becoming blind. With resiliency, the family turned the secret, terrifying sorrow their mother felt at losing her only contact with the world into a quest for the best way to bring it back. Should she learn braille? Should she use a cane? All of the old communication and day-to-day living routines needed to be made anew.

And through it all, the family, their friends, and their neighbors, hearing and deaf, worked together to ensure that Abrams' parents remained the close, vital members of the community that they had always been.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
306.874
Library of Congress
HQ759.912 .A27 1996

The Physical Object

Pagination
vii, 261 p. :
Number of pages
261

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL982019M
Internet Archive
silents00abra
ISBN 10
1563680556
LC Control Number
96019638
Library Thing
682704
Goodreads
3931641

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