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 Disabilities & Differences in Adult Fiction


****Inclusion on this list is not necessarily vouching for the book as a good representation of disability.


Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

  • The novel in disability studies about a sideshow family.


The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

  • Should autism be cured?  Set in a not-too-distant future where autists are given special treatment for their abilities.


The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer

  • Carrie's fiance is paralyzed in an accident and she re-evaluates the relationship and her life.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

  • A first person  look at autism, specifically Asperger's.


Blindness by Jose Saramago

  • An entire city is slowly stricken with blindness except one woman.


Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

  • A teen girl, who happens to be a dwarf, starts at a performing arts high school and ends by hiding out at a seedy motel. 


Beauty by Susan Wilson

  • A love story about a man who is severely disfigured.


Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

  • Not so much about "disability" as about being different in a way that other people perceive as needing to be fixed/cured.


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

  • A developmentally disabled man takes part in an experiment to "make him smart."


Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins

  • Not so much about "disability" as about taking something physically abnormal about one's self and creating an identity from it.


Crazy by Benjamin Lebert

  • A partially paralyzed teen fictionalizes his life in this Catcher in  the Rye rip-off.

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