What Is Visible

What Is Visible

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Presents a fictionalized account of the life and challenges of Laura Bridgman, a deaf and blind woman who learned language 50 years before Helen Keller, and those who helped her including the founder of the Perkins Institute, with whom she was in love, and her beloved teacher.
Publisher: New York :, Twelve,, 2014
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2014
ISBN: 9781455528967
Branch Call Number: F ELK NVD
Characteristics: viii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jun 25, 2018

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ontherideau Apr 20, 2015

Laura's imagined romantic life detracted from the interest in this story.
Suitable for teens and book groups.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2014

After a bout of scarlet fever deprives two-year-old Laura Bridgman of four of her five senses, she finds an unlikely advocate in Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, founder of the Perkins Institute. Under Dr. Howe's tutelage, Laura learns to communicate with her hands, becoming a celebrity in the process. But communication is not the same as connection. Despite her fame - even Charles Dickens writes an essay about her - Laura struggles with loneliness and feelings of abandonment as important people in her life come and go, many using her to further their own agendas. Although the real-life Laura Bridgman was born decades before the more famous Helen Keller, fans of the latter's memoir, The Story of My Life, will want to read this moving novel about a woman who succeeded on her own terms and challenged conventional beliefs concerning what was possible for individuals with disabilities.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.

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