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When Terry Galloway was born on Halloween, no one knew that an experimental antibiotic given to her mother had wreaked havoc on her fetal nervous system. After her family moved from Berlin, Germany, to Austin, Texas, hers became a deafening, hallucinatory childhood where everything, including her own body, changed for the worse. But those unwelcome changes awoke in this particular child a dark, defiant humor that fueled her lifelong obsessions with language, duplicity, and performance.

As a ten-year-old self-proclaimed "child freak," she acted out her fury with her boxy hearing aids and Coke-bottle glasses by faking her own drowning at a camp for crippled children. Ever since that first real-life performance, Galloway has used theater, whether onstage or off, to defy and transcend her reality. With disarming candor, Terry writes about her mental breakdowns, her queer identity, and living in a silent, quirky world populated by unforgettable characters. What could have been a bitter litany of complaint is instead an unexpectedly hilarious and affecting take on life.

About the Author

Terry Galloway is the founder of the Actual Lives writing and performance programs; a founding member of Esther’s Follies, Austin’s legendary cabaret; and cofounder of the Mickee Faust Club in Tallahassee, Florida. She divides her time between Austin and Tallahassee.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807097588
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Author:
Galloway, Terry
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - Lesbians
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-History and Biography
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
June 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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