Reviews 967 disabled person. As Mason began to recognize the significance of gender and disability in her own journey as a woman, she started the slow process of abandoning the “double” in her life: “that consciousness or voice that tried to pass as able-bodied” (200). By age sixty, as Mason recalls, she had belat- edly found her voice, and by age sixty-two, she experienced a kind of “com- ing out” when she became involved in the disability rights movement. And finally, late in life, Mason, as a divorced woman alone, rediscovered some of her original childhood independence and resistance, allowing her to finally accept herself as “a disabled person, a feminist, and a writer” (223). For Mason, who has long had a scholarly interest in women’s autobio- graphical writings, life writing is not only a mode of self-discovery but it also is a way of self-healing, a way to bring together the different parts of her double identity as both an able-bodied and a disabled person. As Mason poignantly comments at the end of her account, “[M]emory does heal. It has led me to retrace steps I was unaware of and to understand, at least in part, the journey
Biography – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 1, 2001
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