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Blind Man's Bluff: A Memoir

Blind Man's Bluff: A Memoir

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At age sixteen, James Tate Hill was diagnosed with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. When high-school friends stopped calling and a disability counselor advised him to aim for C's in his classes, he tried to escape the stigma by pretending he could still see.

In this unfailingly candid yet humorous memoir, Hill discloses the tricks he employed to pass for sighted, from displaying shelves of paperbacks he read on tape to arriving early on first dates so women would have to find him. He risked his life every time he crossed a street, doing his best to listen for approaching cars. A good memory and pop culture obsessions like Tom Cruise, Prince, and all things 1980s allowed him to steer conversations toward common experiences.

For fifteen years, Hill hid his blindness from friends, colleagues, and lovers, even convincing himself that if he stared long enough, his blurry peripheral vision would bring the world into focus. At thirty, faced with a stalled writing career, a crumbling marriage, and a growing fear of leaving his apartment, he began to wonder if there was a better way.

Author: James Tate Hill
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 08/03/2021
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.84lbs
Size: 8.62h x 5.75w x 0.98d
ISBN: 9780393867176

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/10/2021
Library Journal 08/13/2021 pg. 1
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