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Alandra's Lilacs: The Story of a Mother and Her Deaf Daughter

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781563680823
Author(s): Tressa Bowers
Format: Paperback
Year: 1999
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Dimensions: 142 x 218 x 11 (w x l x h)
Pages: 158

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When, in 1968, nineteen-year-old Tressa Bowers took her baby daughter to an expert on deaf children, he pronounced Alandra to be "stone deaf," she most likely would never be able to talk, and she probably would not get much of an education because of her communication limitations. Tressa refused to accept this stark assessment of Alandra's prospects. Instead, she began the arduous process of starting her daughter's education. Economic need forced Tressa to move several times, and as a result, she and Alandra experienced a variety of learning environments. Changes at home added more challenges, from Tressa's divorce to her remarriage, her long work hours, and the ongoing challenge of complete communication within their family. Through it all, Tressa and Alandra never lost sight of their love for each other, and their affection rippled through the entire family. Today, Tressa can point triumphantly to her confident, educated daughter and also speak with pride of her wonderful relationship with her deaf grandchildren. Alandra's Lilacs is a marvelous story about the resiliency and achievements of determined, loving people no matter what their circumstances might be.

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