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Mean Little Deaf Queer


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Terry Galloway is the founder of the Actual Lives writing and performance programs; a founding member of Esther's Follies, Austin, Texas's legendary cabaret; and cofounder of the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee, Florida. She divides her time between Austin and Tallahassee.


Owing to an antibiotic given to her mother during pregnancy, performance artist Galloway started going deaf and experiencing bizarre out-of-body experiences at age nine. Going from "normal" to disabled is jarring, and her new oversized hearing aids and thick glasses make her feel like a freak. Despite her disability, Galloway's strong personality, heightened sense of drama, and attraction to girls lead to an unconventional and barrier-busting story filled with sexual experimentation and a desire for a life lived at the extremes, all ably described in this compelling memoir. A good choice to strengthen disability, feminist, and gay studies collections, too.-Lauren Gilbert, Cold Spring Harbor Lib., NY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

This is a damn fine piece of work which is unbelievably powerful.--Dorothy Allison

"This is not your mother's triumph-of-the-human-spirit memoir. Yes, Terry Galloway is resilient. But she's also caustic, depraved, utterly disinhibited, and somehow sweetly bubbly, a beguiling raconteuse who periodically leaps onto the dinner table and stabs you with her fork. Her story will fascinate, it will hurt, and you will like it."--Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home "The most uncomfortable laughter of the season."--Out "One of the finest, most nakedly honest and humorous autobiographies out there to be read. . . . Partly David Sedaris-esque in its slice-of-life essay moments, part slapstick farce, so very real, and always laugh out loud hilarious."--Rebecca Sarwate, Edge "[A] humorous and harrowing new memoir."--The Advocate "Told with understandable rage, quirky humor, and extraordinary humanity, this remarkable woman's engaging account deserves a large readership."--Booklist "A frank, bitingly humorous memoir."--Kirkus Reviews "[Galloway] is dexterous in her use of words and devastating with a sense of black humor that brings numerous laugh-out-loud delights."--John R. Killacky, The Gay and Lesbian Review "Galloway was born a storyteller, and her narrative gifts are in full force throughout, spinning yarns about herself and her family that mesmerize."--Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle

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