Wednesday, July 3, 2019
On Living Blind in 1889 #GIVEAWAY
Greetings, dear readers. My name is Jeanette Papka. I am a trilingual in interpreter for the courts here in our bustling mill town of Amesbury, Massachusetts. I am also a happy wife, mother of a thriving toddler daughter, and halfway through my pregnancy with number two.
Oh, and I'm blind. Yes, I have never had sight in my eyes, but I'll tell you, it hasn't stopped me. My parents had the insight and funds to send me to the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston, so I am well educated. Because my father is from French Canada, I speak French with ease. My dear husband Stanley came here from Poland as a child, and I found it easy to attain fluency in that language, too.
With all the immigrants coming to our factory town, the court is need of an interpreter, so I have had gainful employment for some years (my husband is an enlightened sort and doesn't mind). Many in our society believe that the blind and deaf are stupid and failing in intellectual capacity. I have a keen mind. I just can't see.
I've had to set Rose Carroll, my midwife, straight on a few facts, as well. She mentioned something about how my hearing is better than that of sighted persons. No, I told her, it's just that we don't have the distraction of sight to get in the way, so we pay more attention to sounds. She also marveled one day to find me reading Jane Austen in French in braille. American braille is under development but not many books are printed in it yet.
I was pleased to help her in my small way with a dreadful murder that occurred here recently. Ignorant people say things in my presence they might ordinarily not, because they believe I won't be able to make sense of it. When I hear information I think might be useful to Rose in her investigation, I pass it along. I'm pleased to say justice was restored to Amesbury in the end, but not without Rose encountering her share of peril.
Our author would like to give one of you (US only) an advance copy of Judge Thee Not, which releases in early September. Readers, do tell, what preconceived notion have you held that you discovered was in error? Please make sure Edith Maxwell knows how to reach you or check back here tomorrow to see the winning name.
Maddie Day creates the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries. As Edith Maxwell, this Macavity- and Agatha-nominated author writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction.
Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and two cats, and blogs here and with the other Wicked Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.