Mean Little deaf Queer: A Memoir
by Terry Galloway
Beacon Press. 248 pages, $23.95
DEAFENED by mycin antibiotics administered in utero, Terry Galloway hallucinated and had out-of-body experiences as a child before her disability was discovered. Once diagnosed, she and her parents refused to let her be marginalized. A tough tomboy, she tumbled right along with neighborhood kids.
Galloway’s new memoir tells her story from the inside out, creating a bridge to hearing audiences. An actress, writer, and performance artist, she is dexterous in her use of words and devastating with a sense of black humor that brings numerous laugh-out-loud delights. There is no political correctness here, only a poignant life journey of unexpected challenges.