Hearing Maud: A Journey for the Voice
Hearing Maud: A Journey for the Voice is about Jessica’s experience with deafness after she lost her hearing at age four. It charts how she was estranged from people
as she grew up and turned to reading and writing for solace.
Intertwined amongst her narrative, is the story of Maud Praed – the deaf daughter of 19th century Queensland expatriate novelist, Rosa Praed. Jessica became fascinated with her story and how some of her experiences mirrored her own - the result is a beautifully drawn hybrid memoir of what it's like to be deaf in a very noisy and busy world.
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'...this book is a superb contribution to Australian deaf/Deaf writing, the exploration of the self as a writer, and to researching those who resemble ourselves, even if a hundred years apart.'
In Hearing Maud Jessica White fulfils, with grace, elegance and a fierce regard for truth-telling, writing’s primary task: to tell it as it is; but as no-one has ever told it before. This is a book of wonder. It gives voice to silence.
Author of 'Battarbeeand Namatjira' and 'Isinglass'
By navigating Maud Praed’s heartbreaking story of being deaf in the late 19th - early 20th centuries, White locates her own personal Australian experiences of growing up deaf within the panorama of deaf history. In doing so, White not only arrives at an enriched understanding of her deaf self, but she also provides a uniquely Australian contribution to the literature of, about, and by deaf people.
Author of 'The Art of Being Deaf: a memoir' and 'Jack's Story' Full Review
This is an extraordinary and poignant memoir written in an embodied and attentive style. White offers us glimpses of global deaf history woven with the tapestry of her own life/story and accentuated with the lives of Rosa and Maud Praed (from 19th century Queensland). Hearing Maud is a literary seduction about literary seductions.Brenda Jo Brueggemann
Author of 'Lend Me Your Ear' and 'Deaf Subjects'
We live in an age where memoirs arrive thick and fast, and a book deal comes easiest to those in the public eye. When there’s little money in skewering yourself for general consumption unless fame has first taken its toll, it’s unlikely a memoirist ever gets back as much as they give. Towards the end of Jessica White’s Hearing Maud – in which the author bares a great deal of herself – White explains she wants readers to understand how difficult it is being deaf, still, and how hard people with disability must work.
Hearing Maud seamlessly balances memoir with the historuical account, and the two narratives are bound up in each other, equally compelling... Her observant meditations have the gravitas that only acute self-awareness can bring, and her language is consummate rhythm. Louise Swim
The Saturday Paper Full Review