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Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sultan
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Mar 24, 12

Read from March 17 to 22, 2012

It's risky for an author to center a story around a well-known historical figure, let alone one who is deaf and blind. In this book, the author reaches beyond the "Miracle Worker" story associated with Keller to imagine her life as an adult woman falling in love for the first time. The story is well-researched, and is told in Helen's strong, smart, stubborn voice. Without question, Keller was a remarkable woman, and through Annie Sullivan she was given a voice. Certainly, too, her physical handicaps made her vulnerable to those who might choose to exploit her trust. So when Keller falls hard for the first man who is allowed close proximity to her, a man who is using her fame to further his own career, and her body to meet his physical needs, it just follows that he will break her heart. From the first pages of the story we know that this is the outcome of this love affair, and so there is little suspense in reading the story. What is not explained, really, is why Keller was jilted - one can draw their own conlusions, but for me the resolution was not satisfying.

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