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What Is Visible by Kimberly Elkins
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This superb historical fiction debut explores the life of America’s first deaf-blind poster child, Laura Bridgman. As William James declared, “Without Laura Bridgman there could never have been a Helen Keller.” Yet Laura has been largely forgotten, whereas Helen is an inspirational household name. Elkins imagines Laura’s rich inner life and places her within a fertile mid-century New England context – replete with educators, scientists, and reformers, but also with the threat of war and debates over slavery and religion. It is delightful to watch historical figures flit in and out of the novel like cameo actors.

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Both The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull and Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sultan give a sensitive portrayal of deaf-blind characters, including their romantic possibilities.
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Reading Progress

April 11, 2014 – Shelved
April 11, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
May 14, 2014 – Started Reading
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: read-via-netgalley
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: reviewed-bookbrowse
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: victorian-studies
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: writers-and-writing
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: illness-and-death
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: epistolary
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: child-narrator
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: best-of-2014
May 27, 2014 – Shelved as: war-fiction
May 27, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Tara I loved watching the growth, too. So much in such a short space.

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