Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Spotlight and Giveaway: Helen in Love

Helen in Love by Rosie Sultan

Publication Date: 11/26/2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Penguin Books
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Pages: 256
ISBN-10: 0143123394

ISBN-13: 978-0143123392

Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, IndieBound

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The astonishing and imaginative debut novel about Helen Keller and the man she loved

What comes to mind when you think of Helen Keller? Is it the deaf-mute wild child at the water pump outside her Tuscumbia, Alabama, home portrayed in The Miracle Worker or the adult activist for the rights of the disabled and women, the socialist who vehemently opposed war? Rosie Sultan’s debut novel imagines an intimate part of Keller’s life she rarely spoke or wrote about: her one and only love affair.

Peter Fagan, a reporter from Boston, steps in as her secretary when her companion Annie Sullivan falls ill. The world this opens up for her is not the stuff of grade school biographies. Their affair meets with stern disapproval from Annie and from Helen’s mother, and when the lovers plot to elope, Helen is trapped between their expectations and her innermost desires. Sultan’s courageous novel insists on Helen’s right to desire, to human frailty—to be fully and completely alive


I want to spotlight the paperback release of Rosie Sultan's book, Helen in Love. This is book that I reviewed in hardcover back in May of 2012. It is a controversial look into the life of Helen Keller long after she was portrayed in "The Miracle Worker". It is a fictional account of Helen's one love story with her one time secretary, Peter Fagan. If you haven't read this book, you are really missing out on book that let's readers see a more personal side of Helen Keller, speaker, humanitarian and most of all Helen the woman!

Excerpt from Helen in Love, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.

Reading Group Guide

My review of the Hardcover edition: Helen Keller in Love

Q&A with Rosie Sultan for the Hardcover edition: Helen Keller in Love

About the Author:

Rosie Sultan is a former fellow at the Virginia Center for the Arts and has taught writing at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and Suffolk University. She lives outside Boston.

Giveaway Details:

The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of Helen in Love by Rosie Sultan.

~ You must be an email subscriber to participate.
~ US Addresses only.
~ The deadline to enter this giveaway is Midnight EST, December 24th.

1. Please leave a comment describing what you know about Helen Keller.
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Linda Kish said...

I don't remember that review. Maybe I wasn't following you yet. I remember the Miracle Worker,of course. I remember her as a very intelligent woman. I always admired her for all she was able to do with her abilities.


What an interesting book. I have always wondered if Helen had romance in her life. It would be sad if she didn't, of course. So many people only know a one-dimensional story from The Miracle Worker, and there was so much more to her than that. If I don't win, I will have to find a copy of this book.

Angela Holland said...

I have been a fan of Helen Keller's for a long time. I know that she was blinded at a young age and over came many obstacles in her life and was a very strong woman. Thank you for the chance to win.

Rita said...

I remember watching The Miracle Worker starring Patty Duke. After watching the movie I read numerous articles about Helen Keller and have been fascinated with her story.


Anonymous said...

Interesting story.

traveler said...

Helen Keller lived with her blindness with her determination and strength. I watched The Miracle Worker many years ago.

Carol N Wong said...

She was the first blind and deaf person to earn a bachelor's degree. Besides seeing the Miracle Worker, I read her auto-biography, The Story of My Life. It told so much more than the movie but it didn't any romance.
She was a suffragette and wanted better labor laws. She traveled to over 40 countries. She strived to get better working conditions for the blind. She was very active.


lag123 said...

I remember watching The Miracle Worker as a child and I was fascinated at how she learned.

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Barbara Thompson said...

I remember reading about Helen Keller being deaf and the Miracle Worker, but I have never read anything about Helen being in love. Interesting book. Love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway. Please enter my name in this giveaway.
Barbara Thompson

Anita Yancey said...

I don't know much about Helen Keller except that she was blind. I remember a little about seeing the movie Miracle Worker when I was young.


bn100 said...

She was blind, but strong

Wendy Newcomb said...

I loved the Helen Keller story, the book and the movie! I know that she was blind and deaf and overcame both obsticles thanks to Ann Sullivan.