But You Look So Normal: Lost and Found in a Hearing World (Paperback)

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2024 IPPY Book Awards Gold Winner in Best First Book (Nonfiction/Personal)

"A fascinating, beautifully written memoir about a woman determined to carve out a fulfilling life for herself." --Library Journal, starred review

By age four, Claudia Marseille had hardly uttered a word. When her parents finally had her hearing tested and learned she had a severe hearing loss, they chose to mainstream her, hoping this would offer her the most "normal" childhood possible. With the help of a primitive hearing aid, Claudia worked hard to learn to hear, lipread, and speak even as she tried to hide her disability in order to fit in. As a result, she was often misunderstood, lonely, and isolated--fitting into neither the hearing world nor the Deaf culture.

This memoir explores Claudia's relationships with her German refugee parents--a disturbed, psychoanalyst father obsessed over various harebrained projects and moneymaking schemes and a Jewish mother who had survived the Holocaust in Munich--and with her own identity. Claudia shares how she emerged from loneliness and social isolation, explored her Jewish identity, struggled to find a career compatible with hearing loss, and eventually opened herself to a life of creativity and love.

But You Look So Normal is the inspiring story of a life affected but not defined by an invisible disability. It is a journey through family, loss, shame, identity, love, and healing as Claudia finally, joyfully, finds her place in the world.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781647426262
ISBN-10: 164742626X
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 280
Language: English