Date: 2017-03-14 11:19 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know Arnason had a new book out.

Date: 2017-03-15 08:06 am (UTC)
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Mishell Baker, Borderline (Saga Press, 2016) — A fascinating whodunit with wonderful characters, Borderline spotlights diversity and intersectionality. Most of the characters in this novel are viewed as disabled by others, even by each other. But the characters’ so-called disabilities give them advantages in certain situations. Understanding this helps the characters love each other and themselves. Almost every character can be described as having attributes that are both disabilities and advantages. What builds us up can bring us down. Or put another way: our imperfections are openings to beautiful achievements.

Augh. I loved Borderline and am pleased to see it on this list, but this is a terrible description of its handling of disability, and makes it sound like some sort of ~inspirational~ claptrap instead of a genuinely excellent portrayal of what it's like to be mentally and physically disabled and also be an interesting person and do interesting things.

The main character has borderline personality disorder and has two amputated legs. Her disabilities get in her way. They cause her problems. They limit her access to things that she wants and needs. Other people treat her differently because of them. Those are not "so-called" disabilities or advantages. They are disabilities.
Edited Date: 2017-03-15 08:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-16 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really wondered what was going on with that blurb, so I appreciate the report that this isn't what the book is doing. (Still do wonder what was going on with the blurb, too.)

Date: 2017-03-19 06:42 am (UTC)
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
From: [personal profile] rosefox
There are plenty of disabled people involved with the Tiptrees, so I have NO IDEA what the hell is up with that blurb. But do read Baker's book, it's wonderful.


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