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The Backwards Hand

A Memoir

Matt Lee

The Backwards Hand
The Backwards Hand

The Backwards Hand

A Memoir

Matt Lee

Paperback | English
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Description

Told in lyric fragments, The Backwards Hand traces Matt Lee’s experience living in the United States for more than thirty years with a rare congenital defect. Weaving in historical research and pop culture references, Lee dissects how the disabled body has been conflated with impurity, worthlessness, and evil.

The Backwards Hand is a book like no other I know. With trancelike lyricism, deep vulnerability, provocative humor, and wide-ranging research, Matt Lee brilliantly complicates commonly held beliefs about disability. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read and recommended this book. I’m obsessed.” - Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn't Talk about When I Was a Girl

The Backwards Hand is a striking meditation on the meaning and experience of disability. Utilizing fragmentation and collage, Lee weaves together memoir and research to create an engaging, sharp, and sometimes humorous portrait of the ways he claims his own reality and agency. This book rejects the tropes--overcoming, inspiration, cure--that disability narratives are often forced into and instead, it powerfully pushes against these too-tidy narratives. A richly layered and important work.” - Sonya Huber, author of Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System

Matt Lee is the author of Crisis Actor. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous venues online and in print. He has also written and produced work for the stage, including an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He is a cofounder and editor of the magazine Ligeia. Matt lives in Maryland with his wife and son.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    Northwestern University Press
  • Pub date
    May 2024
  • Pages
    272
  • Theme
    Memoirs
  • Dimensions
    203 x 127 mm
  • Weight
    284 gram
  • EAN
    9780810147157
  • Paperback
    Paperback
  • Language
    English

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