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 - Kathleen - Goodreads
I would give this a 3.5 if that were an option. The premise hooked me, but the story line wandered, and the conclusion was less than satisfying. The author can't be faulted for this, since it is a fictionalized account of a true event. . Read full review
Review: Helen Keller in Love: A NovelUser Review - Renee - Goodreads
Is this book fact or fiction? Technically the latter but the author did extensive research to write a believable story based on facts. I've always been fascinated by Helen Keller and very much enjoyed seeing this other side of a fascinating woman. Read full review