JOEY by Joseph John Deacon


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A short (not quite 100 pages), unremittingly cheerful account of fifty years spent almost entirely in hospital, as they say in England where this takes place. Joey is a spastic whose four limbs and speech were affected (he communicates only through one dose co-patient); later on he was also plagued by the family affliction, TB. Joey, whether out of gratitude or the unalloyed kindness of his simple nature, voices no complaints or grievances and this account deals with the bright moments in a totally circumscribed life--Sports Days, Flower Shows, his first prize-winning table runner made in occupational therapy, holidays at home with a large but shifting family (one sister died of TB), and the camaraderie of his three good friends in the hospital. The small accomplishments of a life against all odds--not the least of which was writing this book. But it will need a helping hand. There will be a PBS documentary on the ""Nova"" series to start with.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1975
Publisher: Scribners