Helen Keller in Love
A captivating novel that explores the little-known romance of a beloved American icon
Helen Keller has long been a towering figure in the pantheon of world heroines. Yet the enduring portrait of her in the popular imagination is The Miracle Worker, which ends when Helen is seven years old.
Rosie Sultan’s debut novel imagines a part of Keller’s life she rarely spoke of or wrote about: the man she once loved. When Helen is in her thirties and Annie Sullivan is diagnosed with tuberculosis, a young man steps in as a private secretary. Peter Fagan opens a new world to Helen, and their sensual interactions—signing and lip-reading with hands and fingers—quickly set in motion a liberating, passionate, and clandestine affair. It’s not long before Helen’s secret is discovered and met with stern disapproval from her family and Annie. As pressure mounts, the lovers plot to elope, and Helen is caught between the expectations of the people who love her and her most intimate desires.
Richly textured and deeply sympathetic, Sultan’s highly inventive telling of a story Keller herself would not tell is both a captivating romance and a rare glimpse into the mind and heart of an inspirational figure.
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Review: Helen Keller in Love: A NovelUser Review - The Lit Bitch - Goodreads
In this book, Sultan takes on an impossible task. Not much–if anything–is known about Keller's love life and because of that, I wanted to read this book. I wanted to love this book, and there were ... Read full review
Review: Helen Keller in Love: A NovelUser Review - Lisa - Goodreads
I had to read it for book group, but might not have finished it otherwise. I found it kind of insipid and in need of better editing; there was a lot of repetition and a few mistakes: places where ... Read full review