Jennifer Rosner’s revelatory memoir explores family, silence, and what it means to be heard.
When her daughters are born deaf, Rosner is stunned. Then she discovers a hidden history of deafness in her family, going back generations to the Jewish enclaves of Eastern Europe. Traveling back in time, she imagines her silent relatives, who showed surprising creativity in dealing with a world that preferred to ignore them.
Rosner shares her journey into the modern world of deafness, and the controversial decisions she and her husband have made about hearing aids, cochlear implants, and sign language. An imaginative odyssey, punctuated by memories of being unheard, Rosner’s story of her daughters’ deafness is at heart a story of whether shea mother with perfect hearing will hear her children.
©2010 Jennifer Rosner (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
"If a Tree Falls" is not a maudlin tearjerker, but a matter-of-fact account of hearing parents coming to terms with having two deaf children, as well as an inquiry into the lives of deaf people in the author's own familial past.
Jennifer Rosner has a Ph.D. in philosophy and she uses her experiences with her daughters as a jumping off point to explore her family history and relationships, what it means to communicate: what is hearing and what is listening. She makes her experience: universal.
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