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Bird-Eyes

Madelyn Arnold

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In 1963, being different can be illegal-as sixteen-year-old Latisha, a lesbian runaway, discovers when she is sentenced to treatment in the locked ward of a mental hospital for being "incorrigible" and a threat to society. Her best friend in the ward is Anna, an older deaf woman committed for depression. Although she's forbidden to communicate in sign language, Anna teaches Latisha and gives her a name: "Bird-Eyes." Their growing friendship and their alliance against the hospital oppression forms a bond that is the catalyst for Latisha's eventual act of defiance. A brilliant novel of friendship and defiance, of passion and resistance.

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Bird-Eyes
1THEY BROUGHT her into the middle of our ward by the hand, like a child, and left her standing in the hallway, staring around like somebody's little smart dog. That was the first time that I ever saw her: early December, 1964. She was maybe forty and athletic. Her face was wide-awake and kind of nice: bright brown eyes, looking around her constantly. There was this note pinned to her neat round collar: Anna Robeson.Weird Diane was always the first to meet you on our ward, which sort of set the tone for your arrival. She was coming up behind this New One just about the time that I was
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  • Madelyn Arnold

  • Madelyn Arnold won the 1988 Lambda Literary Award for Best First Novel for Bird-Eyes. Her other books include the forthcoming novel A Year of Full Moons and short story collection On Ships at Sea. She lives in Seattle.
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Madelyn Arnold

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