Dwarfism Awareness Musings #11) Ooops. I had so much fun with my friend Charlotte Buecheler yesterday that I forgot to post. I’m on my great New England tour (RI, CT, MA), and I forgot myself. I’ll do the other one tonight, then we’ll be all caught up, ok?
#11 is going to be a simple post about some fiction with dwarf protagonists, in case you want to read more. I’m only putting the ones I’ve read on here, so I’m also linking to a list from LPA (quite a few children’s/YA books): http://www.lpaonline.org/fiction-with-dwarf-characters
1. Stones from the River, by Ursula Hegi. This is my personal favorite. It’s slow at the beginning, but keep going… it’s worth it. The main character is Trudi, an achondroplastic dwarf living in Germany during WWII and her struggles to come to terms, and peace, with her body and place in the world.
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. This is an excellent book, as are many of Irving’s novels. It’s not about his being a dwarf (never really specified, but clear) so much as how that part of him (amongst others) give meaning to his life and lead him towards his destiny. You might have seen the movie based on the book: Simon Birch. Not sure why they changed the name, but they did. The book is better, of course.
3. The Dork of Cork, by Chet Raymo. This is an interesting one… also made into a movie called Frankie Starlight. This book is more on the dark side, as the character experiences a lot of isolation due to his dwarfism, along with his mother’s own psychological issues. It’s worth a read, but it’s not my super favorite.
4. Mendel’s Dwarf, by Simon Mawer. Wow, this book is really dark. It’s about a self-loathing and the desire for love. The main character is an achondroplastic geneticist, who works to unlock the secrets of heredity. I’m not going to reveal the reason or the final decision he makes, but it’s very intriguing.
That’s all for now. I see there are more books that have popped up in recent years; I’d better get to reading!