The Silents by Charlotte Abrams

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The morning would come and I'd know that Adelaide, her face a mirror image of mine with her straight black hair and dark eyes, belonged to me, and that we belonged to this family who walked down Washtenaw Avenue, listening to people say about us and our parents, "Here come the Silents". -- from The Silents

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 had to be relearned. And through it all, the family 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.

Much rarer, more affecting, are the scenes unique to a hearing child of deaf parents. These give insights into a different normalcy. -- Publishers Weekly

 

About Charlotte Abrams

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Published August 1, 1996 by Gallaudet University Press. 261 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Called the Silents by some, and the Shtimmers (its Yiddish equivalent) by others, deaf Joe and Ruthie Herzberg were simply mother and father to Abrams and her sister, Adelaide.

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