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Blind Man's Bluff: A Memoir

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Blind Man's Bluff: A Memoir

A writer’s humorous and often-heartbreaking tale of losing his sight --- and how he hid it from the world.

At age 16, James Tate Hill was diagnosed with Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that left him legally blind. When high-school friends stopped calling and a disability counselor advised him to aim for C’s in his classes, he tried to escape the stigma by pretending he could still see.

In this unfailingly candid yet humorous memoir, Hill discloses the tricks he employed to pass for sighted, from displaying shelves of paperbacks he read on tape to arriving early on first dates so women would have to find him. He risked his life every time he crossed a street, doing his best to listen for approaching cars. A good memory and pop culture obsessions like Tom Cruise, Prince and all things 1980s allowed him to steer conversations toward common experiences.

For 15 years, Hill hid his blindness from friends, colleagues and lovers, even convincing himself that if he stared long enough, his blurry peripheral vision would bring the world into focus. At 30, faced with a stalled writing career, a crumbling marriage and a growing fear of leaving his apartment, he began to wonder if there was a better way.

Blind Man's Bluff: A Memoir
by James Tate Hill

  • Publication Date: August 3, 2021
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN-10: 039386717X
  • ISBN-13: 9780393867176