The On Being Project

Marian Ryan
Marian Ryan

is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Her work has appeared in Granta, Catapult, The New York Times, Slate, and other publications. She is working on a collection of essays around trauma, memory, and disability.

I’m a Disabled Woman Who Wants to See More Literary Characters Like Me

It’s difficult to find examples of nuanced disabled characters in literature. Marian Ryan writes about her experience becoming disabled in middle age and her search to find someone like herself in the world of books and movies around her.

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I’m a Disabled Woman Who Wants to See More Literary Characters Like Me