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Love for a Deaf Rebel (eBook Edition): Schizophrenia on Bowen Island

By King, Derrick

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Reproduction Date: 3/23/2021

Title: Love for a Deaf Rebel (eBook Edition): Schizophrenia on Bowen Island  
Author: King, Derrick
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Medicine, Bowen Island, Clozapine, Cochlear, Deaf, Deafness, Delusion, Dialectical, Disability, Hearing, Hidden Valley Road, Children of a Lesser God, Mental health, Mental illness, Psychotic, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Thorazine, Vancouver, Marriage, Love, Man-woman relationships, Deaf-Marriage, Mentally ill-Marriage, Deaf-Family relationships, Schizophrenics-Family relationships, Nonfiction Love Story, Romance Non-Fiction, True Romance
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Publisher: Provenance Press
Member Page: Derrick King


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Love for a Deaf Rebel introduces readers to a vivacious Canadian woman who was born into a silent world and with the foundation for schizophrenia. There are other books about discovering schizophrenia in the family and about deaf woman-hearing man relationships, but none that tells the true story of a woman who struggled with both.

Love for a Deaf Rebel is the true story of a tumultuous romance. With pathos and nostalgia, the author recounts his roller-coaster ride with Pearl, a vivacious deaf maverick, who, unknown to him, had paranoid schizophrenia. We follow their encounters through actual notes written before Derrick learns sign language; we go on their motorcycle ride to Mexico and Guatemala; we watch as the happy couple moves to Bowen Island, a British Columbia community with just three paved roads. Pearl and the author marry and build their dream home and hobby farm. They encounter one obstacle after another while building their life together as Pearl’s perception of reality—and, crucially, their perception of each other—begins to change. The author learns what it means to be deaf, what it means to struggle with mental health, and what it means to love such a woman unconditionally—the ecstasy and the agony.

While doing morning chores, I heard the Oldsmobile rumble into life as Pearl left to go to work. An hour later, I drove the truck to the cove, expecting to park it by the Oldsmobile, but I didn’t see the car. That evening, during dinner, Pearl signed impassively, “The car broke down this morning near our driveway. I hitchhiked to the cove and asked the gas station to tow it there. They fixed it. I am telling you so you are not upset by the credit card bill.” “What was wrong with it?” “The battery wires touched together.” “A waste of money! I could have fixed it. Why didn’t you walk back and get me?” Pearl stared through me. “It was dark.” “It’s always dark. That’s why we have flashlights!” On the weekend, I drove to the gas station in Snug Cove. “Don, on Wednesday, Pearl had the Oldsmobile towed here and repaired. What happened?” “Your battery cage rusted, so the battery tipped and shorted. I welded a new cage and charged her seventy-five bucks. That’s what I reported to Laurent. Pearl didn’t have enough money, so she charged it.” “What did the police have to do with this?” “Laurent asked me to do a safety check.” Don lowered his voice. “He asked me not to tell you, but you need to know: Laurent wanted your car checked for sabotage.” “Sabotage! What did you say?” “No sabotage, but only God knows what rusty part will fall out next.” I saw Laurent’s jeep near the store and parked beside it. He asked me to get in. “Derrick, Pearl’s car broke down. She saw sparks under the hood, the headlights went out, and the engine stopped. A commuter saw her waving a flashlight. He stopped to give her a lift and then saw the car blocking the road. With help from another car, they pushed it out of the way. He gave her a lift to the first ferry but, instead of walking to it, she came to me to report the breakdown and asked me to have it towed. Then she went to work on the second ferry.” “I was on the second ferry! She must have been hiding.” “She asked me not to tell you, but you need to know: Pearl wanted your car checked for sabotage.”

Table of Contents
PART I: TOGETHER IN LOVE Under the Clock Shall We Be Magnificent Couple? A Silent Movie Guatemala by Motorcycle The End of the World PART II: PARTNERS IN ADVENTURE Bowen Island Trout Lake Farm Men Can’t Be Trusted Rich Couple’s House Shooting Pigs in a Sty Alberta School for the Deaf PART III: DIVIDED BY DESTINY I Want a Baby Where Are the Bullets? How Did You Find Me? Down the Road Love for a Deaf Rebel EPILOGUE


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