Publication Date: 11/26/2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Penguin Books
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
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.
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