Ranked: Deaf Characters in Fiction (UPDATED MONTHLY)

When it comes to representation in literature, deafness is very rare. So I decided to go on a quest to find as many fiction books as possible portraying deaf characters, and rank these representations from best to not-best by genre. (It also provides you with a reference / guide to reading deaf lit!) You can click the genres below to jump to the section or simply keep scrolling.

Note 2: I do not rank poetry or plays here, mostly because I struggle to read them. I do not plan to include baby books. I do not rank stories whose deaf characters are animals, such as bats, dogs, cats, etc. Humanoid aliens or humanoid mythical creatures (e.g., centaurs or fairies) are okay. I do not rank stories and fanfics posted on sites (e.g., Wattpad and Ao3) because I need to have limits/parameters for this blog.

Before I get into my ranking, I want to make a few things clear:

Now, without further ado, let’s get into the ranking.


Children’s and Middle Grade Books

2. Boo! by Dack Virnig (2018)

Note: I got the sense while reading that this is written for middle graders/high schoolers, but correct me if I’m wrong and I’ll move it to the YA/Adult.


YA and Adult Fiction

Note: The deaf author wrote this between 1917 and 1922, and it was published posthumously in 2015.


Comics and Graphic Novels

Note: There’s more to this series but I haven’t read it yet.

The Skrulls are taking over, and Echo, still a member of the team, is helping to stop them…sort of. She’s very much a background character in this series, only appearing in panels here and there.

Although Echo appears and interacts with hearing characters in these comic issues, there is no mention or indication of her deafness at all.


Short Stories / Flash Fiction

Written by a deaf author, this short story actually brought me to tears—the anxiety the hearing aid-wearing narrator feels as the only deaf person at the party is potent, relatable: “Every party was a feast of sound and mouths and consumption, nothing for me to hold on to.” Click the title link to read this story!

A hearing father muses about his deaf son, who attends the deaf institute in Texas, and the family’s home life. His wife, Martha, had been called into work and couldn’t come with John to pick up their son Aaron for the summer. John has been practicing ASL. He enters the gym, full of raucous children, and checks in with the principal, who then goes to retrieve Aaron for him from the mass. At first he doesn’t recognize Aaron (it’s been 5 months), and he can’t keep up with Aaron’s signing. Ends on a sad note.

Warning: racist rhetoric throughout story.

Ranked low because it’s very short. The narrator wears hearing aids. They are drinking and flirting with a friend while a documentary on dolphins plays.

Maya, a Coda ASL interpreter, is hired to interpret for deaf student at a local university. The two deaf students in this story aren’t particularly active, and while Maya’s memories of her deaf mother are more prominent, deaf characters don’t feature centrally here.

The deaf character, Gargan, appears very briefly, but one of the hearing characters tells a story about him that takes up the bulk of the story. The story is written as an epistolary by the narrator, who is writing to his friends in Paris to explain why he’s not back from hunting. Gargan is a shepherd who can speechread a bit and gestures. Only his master Picot is able to fully understand his gestures, and Gargan can fully understand only Picot. When he goes to court, Picot served as interpreter as Gargan pantomimes what happened.

Warning: misogyny abounds in this story.

The narrator of this short story is a hearing psychologist who met a young deaf man (who wears hearing aids) at an informal ASL class at the gay bar. When they start dating, he promises to learn ASL for this young man, who starts teaching him but is impatient with his slow progress. After the breakup, the narrator has trouble sleeping and often wakes to find his hands forming signs he barely uses/knows, moving of their own accord.

The deaf character, Todd, who wears a cochlear implant, does not actually appear in this story; he is more like a presence in the mind of the narrator, an insecure hearing man who feels threatened by Todd because he is the ex-boyfriend of his live-in boyfriend.

A short epistolary story in the POV of Cait (hearing), who works at NASA, corresponding with her father about an extraterrestrial intellectual/cultural exchange. Cait has a doppelganger named Michele, who has bilateral deafness. Michele wears her hair long to hide her hearing devices so as not to be set apart from others, although she does communicate through a signed language interpreter. Cait learns a bit of sign to communicate with Michele, and wants Dad to meet her. Michele does not actually appear in the story, as we only get what Cait writes about her.

A very short story featuring a narrator who wears hearing aids and can hear car engines with/without them, even over the tinnitus that plagues him.



Anthologies

I have no complaints about these stories containing deaf characters. Why would I, when all these stories are by deaf or hard of hearing authors?

Titles with explicitly deaf characters are:

  • “The Meaning, not the Words” by Kristen Ringman
  • “The Ear” by Willy Conley
  • “Family Dog” by Raymond Luczak
  • “The Vibrating Mouth” by John Lee Clark
  • “The Job” by Maverick Smith
  • “The Climax” by Tonya Maria Stremlau
  • “In the Haunted Darkness” by Michael R. Collins
  • “Spirit Box” by Kristen Harmon
  • “Understanding” by Kelsey M. Young
  • “Online Dating” by Daniel Crosby

Other titles metaphorize deafness, such as “Hearing Aid” by David Langford and “Rui’s Story” by Bobby Cox and Joanne Yee.

Again, no complaints. This anthology includes 48 (mostly fiction) stories. Some stories are POV deaf or hearing, some are excerpts from larger stories, etc. There’s a real variety. Some stories have triggering content, including use of the r-slur.

Note: “Nympholepsy,” “Goodbye, My Valentine,” and “The Influence of the Spanish Inquisition on Colonial Europe” do not have explicitly deaf characters.

This anthology contains a variety of deaf lit, mostly poems and one play. There are a few short stories with deaf characters:

Upcoming Books to be Ranked (alphabetized by title)

Underlined titles are ones I have read but have not yet added to the ranking (probably because I haven’t written the Goodreads review yet). Titles ending with an asterisk (*) are the ones I’m most looking forward to, personally! Which book(s) are you most excited to see ranked? Let me know and I’ll prioritize it.

Did I miss any fiction books, comics/graphic novels, or short stories with a deaf character? Drop the title in a comment below so I can add it to my list! (Yes, I also look at manga, webtoons, and novelizations of films. No, I do not rank poetry, plays, baby books, books with deaf animals—bats, dogs, cats, etc., or online stories/fanfics.) You can give me titles in other languages. Although I can only read English and Spanish, I also have the patience to wait for translations.

  • 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status by Cynthia T. Toney
  • 2 Fuzzy 2 Serious by Shannon and Dean Hale
  • 87th Precinct #12, 22, 27, 38, 45, 54 by Ed McBain
  • AAQPP: Deafness for Dummies by Helium
  • Alice by Sara Flanigan
  • All Alone (Except for My Dog Friday) by Claire H. Blatchford
  • Alpha by Greg Rucka
  • Altered Land by Jules Hardy
  • Ancestors by Chenjerai Hove
  • Ancestral Truths by Sara Maitland
  • “And Sarah Laughed” by Joanne Greenberg
  • Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
  • Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson
  • Apathy and Other Small Victories by Paul Neilan
  • Apple Is My Sign by Mary Riskind
  • Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
  • The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard
  • At Face Value by Emily Franklin
  • Avatar Volume 1: A Look into Abyss by Juan Miguel Aguilera
  • Baby I’m Yours by Susan Andersen
  • Backspace by Stephen C. Caldwin
  • Balancing Act by Virginia M. Scott
  • Batman Beyond: Hear No Evil by Scott Peterson
  • Becky by Karen Hirsch
  • Belonging by Virginia M. Scott
  • The Best Sign by Bonnie Highsmith Taylor
  • Between Us and the Deaf by Gudmundina Haflidason
  • Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
  • Bewitched by Victoria Leigh
  • “The Binnacle Boy” by Paul Fleischman
  • Bird-eyes by Madelyn Arnold *
  • Blue Moon by Luanne Rice
  • The Boatman’s Daughter by Andy Davidson
  • The Bookseller’s Advice by Sue Breitner
  • Brain Storm by Richard Dooling
  • Breakaway by Ruth Hallman
  • The Bride and the Deaf Girl by Susannah Calloway
  • Broken Voices by Winona Rasheed
  • Bunker 10 by J. A. Henderson
  • Buy a Watch, Get a Wife! by Rachel Brown
  • Caleb Zelic series by Emma Viskic
  • Can You Feel It? by Pauline Findlay
  • Case of the Los Angeles Chameleon: Featuring Comrade Dolgov of the KGB by Bud Long
  • The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter by Kia Corthron
  • Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo
  • The Center of Things by Jenny McPhee
  • Charlie and Frog (#1 and #2) by Karen Krane
  • “Charm” by Vivien Bretherton
  • Chattering by Louise Stern
  • Cheshire Moon by Nancy Butts
  • The Chequered Silence by Jacqueline Gilbert
  • Christmas Spirit by Rebecca Anderson
  • Cole’s Redemption (Alpha Pack #5) by J.D. Tyler
  • Colonial Prime (Katieran Prime #7) by K.D. Jones
  • Conclusive Evidence by Al Macy
  • The Connor Westphal series by Penny Warner
  • Cowboy for Keep by Kristi Gold
  • The Cretan by Elisabeth Ayrton
  • A Criminal Appeal by D.R. Schanker
  • Crocodile Meatloaf by Nancy Simpson Levene
  • Crossed Wires by John E. Simpson
  • The Crystal Clipper by B. Roman
  • Dangerous Games by Joan Aiken
  • The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
  • Dark Pines by Will Dean
  • Dark Space (anthology), edited by Leonie Skye *
  • Dark Thirst by Sara Reinke
  • The Dastardly Duke by Eileen Putnam
  • The Day is Ours by Hilda Lewis
  • Deaf Adwoa Benewaa by Florence Serwaa Oteng
  • Deaf Beneath by Libby Lael
  • The Deaf Boy Who Could Dance by Sue Laura *
  • Deaf Child Crossing series by Marlee Matlin
  • Deaf Culture Fairy Tales by Roz Rosen
  • Deaf Like Me by Dave Blackwell
  • Deaf Lit Extravaganza (anthology) edited by John Lee Clark
  • The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs
  • deaf not Deaf by Christian Fusco
  • Deaf Sentence by David Lodge
  • The Deaf Swordsman series by R. Janvier del Valle *
  • Deaf Wish by Geoff Cook
  • Deaf World by Batya Ana (Hebrew only)
  • Deaf, Dumb, and Blonde (Baron #26) by Anthony Morton (John Creasey)
  • The Deaf-Mute Boy by Joseph Geraci
  • Deaffodils by Luboš Panda
  • Death Signs by H. Edward Hunsburger
  • Deceived by Mary Keliikoa
  • Deception’s Full Circle by J.G. Martinson
  • Dies the Fire by SM Stirling
  • Different Ways of Being by Alan Balter
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
  • Dire Wolves: Silence by Lena Austin
  • The Discreet Gentleman series by Kris Tualla
  • Do You Hear What I Hear by Holly Jacobs
  • Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens
  • Doggy Dare by Ben M. Baglio
  • Dovey Coe by Frances O’Roark Dowell
  • The Dragon Prince novelization series by Aaron Ehasz
  • A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • The Duke by Gaelen Foley
  • Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi
  • Echo by Clint Kelly
  • Echoes of Roses by Mary Anne Wilson
  • Eloquent Silence by Sandra Brown (as Rachel Ryan)
  • Embrace Me by Beck Grey
  • Eva Trout; Or, Changing Scenes by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Fairy Tale by Stephen King
  • Falling into Fear by Anne Colledge
  • A Father’s Promise by Marta Perry
  • A Father’s Vow by Elizabeth August
  • Fear Into Darkness: A Trustice Jeffries Novel by Taylor Dye
  • Feather on the Moon by Phyllis A Whitney
  • The Fifth Vertex by Kevin Hoffman
  • Finding Abby by Virginia M. Scott
  • Fire Opal by Pamela Hill
  • First Man by Albert Camus
  • Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
  • The Flying Fingers series by Jean F. Andrews
  • Flying to the Light by Elyse Salpeter
  • Follow the Music by L. C. Ireland *
  • For the Sake of His Child by Lucy Gordon
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Forest of Aisling by D.S. Elstad
  • Fragile by Jandra Sutton
  • Freak City by Kathrin Schrockle
  • The French House by Jacquie Bloese
  • Friend (with Benefits) Zone by Laura Brown
  • Friends Everywhere by Donna Jo Napoli
  • Funny Feelings by Tarah Dewitt
  • Future Girl by Asphyxia
  • Gaps in Stone Walls by John Neufeld
  • The Gate to Eden by Cathy McDavid
  • Gather the Weeds by Patrick Kilgallon
  • The Ghost Rebellion (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #5) by Pip Ballantine
  • The Gift by Patrick O’Leary
  • The Gift of the Girl Who Couldn’t Hear by Susan Richards Shreve
  • Girl in the Shadows by V.C. Andrews
  • Girl of the Year: Joss series by Erin Falligant
  • Go to the Hill by Stevie Platt
  • The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
  • Good Luck Dog by Lilo Hess
  • Goodbye Tchaikovsky by Michael Thal
  • “Grayfish” by Pete Fromm
  • A Handful of Stories by Roz Rosen
  • A Handful of Spells by Kimberley A. Shaw *
  • Hannah Trevor Trilogy by Margaret Lawrence
  • Harriet Versus the Galaxy by Samantha Baines
  • Havana Heat by Darryl Brock
  • Hear Like the Deaf People by Cooper Nickerson
  • Hear No Evil series by Kate Chester
  • Hear No Evil by Susan Drake
  • Hear No Evil by Sarah Smith
  • Hear-Say by Greg Cook
  • A Hearing Heart by Bonnie Dee
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • Heart of the Woods: A Story of Life Among the Habitants in the Laurentian Foot-Hills by Isabel Adams
  • Heart Sounds by Michele Johns
  • Heart to Heart by Marie Ferrarella
  • The Heart’s Voice by Arlene James
  • Heartless and Silent Melody by Mary Balogh
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Her Only Hero by Marta Perry
  • Heritage of Shannara (The Talismans of Shannara #4) by Terry Brooks
  • The Hero by Christina Bridges
  • The Hidden by Brian Fairchild
  • The Highland Wife and Bride of Trouville by Lyn Stone
  • His Woman’s Gift by Lacy Dancer
  • Hide by Nell Pattison
  • Hollow Earth by John and Carol E. Barrowman
  • Hot Laps by Steve Eubanks
  • “The House Across from the Deaf School” by Michael Gills
  • The House at the End of Ladybug Lane by Elise Primavera
  • Hue & Cry by Elizabeth Yates
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • A Hundred Silent Ways by Mari Jojie
  • Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby
  • I Believe You by Jeanne Grunert
  • The Impossible Alliance by Candace Irvin
  • Impossible Music by Sean Williams
  • In a Flash by Donna Jo Napoli
  • “In Space, No One Can Hear” by Michael A. Burstein
  • In the Name of Silence by Arthur Luhn
  • In This Sign by Joanne Greenberg
  • InSight by Polly Iyer
  • Interrupt by Toni Dwiggins
  • “Into Silence” by Marlin Barton
  • Invisible by Cecily Anne Paterson
  • The Invisible Hero by Elizabeth Fensham
  • An Irish Christmas Feast by John B. Keane
  • Island of Silence by Carolyn Brimley Norris
  • Isles of View by C.F. Brunner
  • Jake’s the Name, Sixth Grade’s the Game and Those Sevy Blues by Deb Piper
  • Johnnie Alone by Elizabeth Webster
  • Just Like Everybody Else by Lillian Rosen
  • The Kamaria trilogy by T.A. Bruno
  • Kat’s Fall by Shelley Hrdlitschka *
  • Keeping It Secret by Penny Pollock
  • Keeping Silent and Spider Blue by Carla Damron
  • “The Key” by Eudora Welty
  • A Kiss to Dream On by Neesa Hart
  • Kisses by Addison Moore
  • Kissing Casanova by Crystal B Bright
  • A Knight of Silence by Candace Bowen Early
  • 聲の形 (A Silent Voice) series by Yoshitoki Ōima
  • L.A. Midnight by Rebecca Daniels
  • Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
  • Last-Minute Marriage by Marisa Carroll
  • The Legend of Five Great Deaf Ghost Stories by James Gillies Casey
  • Levi (Forbidden Desires #2) by Justine Elvira
  • “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor
  • Lip Reader by Shanna Groves
  • The Listening Eye (Miss Silver #28) by Patricia Wentworth
  • The Listening Silence by Marie Joseph
  • Listening to Mondrian by Nadia Wheatley
  • Lonely Season by Susan Napier
  • The Loser’s Guide to Life and Love by Ann Edwards Cannon
  • The Loudest Silence by Olivia Janae
  • “The Loves of Lady Purple” by Angela Carter
  • A Love Beyond Words by Sherryl Woods
  • Love Signs by Dick Claassen
  • Love’s Sound in Silence by Meg Hudson
  • Loving April by Melvin Burgess
  • Lucky Penny by Elizabeth August
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan *
  • A Maiden’s Grave by Jeffery Deaver
  • Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
  • Makara by Kristen Ringman *
  • Make Room for the Hollyhocks/Where the Birds Don’t Sing by Lorraine Hunter Hare
  • The Mallen trilogy by Catherin Cookson
  • The Man with the Magic Eardrums by Harry Stephen Keeler
  • The Mansion by William Faulkner
  • Mary Mehan Awake by Jennifer Armstrong
  • Mask of the Jackal by Christine Harris
  • Master of Desire by Jessica Trapp
  • Max and the Millions by Ross Montgomery
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
  • Melody by V.C. Andrews
  • Men With Their Hands by Raymond Luczak
  • Midnight Magic by Barbara Hazard
  • Miracle Girl by Keith Scribner
  • Miracles by Mary Kirk
  • A Mom for Matthew by Roz Denny Fox
  • Moon Craving (Children of the Moon #2) by Lucy Monroe
  • “Moonglow” by Catherine Asaro (in Charmed Destinies anthology)
  • Morality Play by Barry Unsworth
  • A Mortal Bane by Roberta Gellis
  • Mouth to Mouth by Erin McCarthy
  • Muddy Four Paws by Jean Ure
  • Mundo and the Weather-Child by Joyce Dunbar
  • Murder Impossible by Jack Fitzgerald
  • Murder on Lexington Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #12) by Victoria Thompson
  • Mute Witness and Black Gold by Charles O’Brien
  • My Haunting Love by J.S. Wilsoncroft
  • My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
  • My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter
  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  • Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
  • Never the Same Again by Clarissa Conrad
  • Next of Kin by Hannah Bonam-Young
  • Nick’s Mission and Nick’s Secret by Claire H. Blatchford
  • Night Angel (Night #2.5) by Lisa Kessler
  • Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
  • Nothing to Fear by Karen Rose
  • Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris
  • Of Such Small Differences by Joanne Greenberg
  • On the Ropes series by Aly Martinez
  • Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese
  • The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
  • Ordeal by Silence: A Story of Medieval Times by Prudence Andrews
  • Our John Willie by Catherine Cookson
  • 王様ランキング (Ranking of Kings) by Sōsuke Tōka
  • Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding
  • Passion Hunter by Ira Cochin
  • The Passions of Chelsea Kane by Barbara Delinsky
  • “The Persistence of Vision” by John Varley
  • Piper by Jay Asher and Jessica Freeburg
  • The Pirate Hunter by Jennifer Ashley
  • Pivot by Anna Pulley
  • Police Business by Julie Miller
  • Portal Through the Pond by David K. Anderson
  • Portraits of Forgiveness by E. Patrick Hull
  • Precious Things by Gail R. Delaney
  • The Promise by May McGoldrick
  • “A Quarrelsome Man” by Pauline Melville
  • Queer Person by Ralph Hubbard
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • The Quiet World by Raewyn Caisley
  • “Rachel in Love” by Pat Murphy
  • The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan
  • Rain Shadow by Cheryl St. John
  • Rally Caps by Stephen J. Cutler
  • A Rancher’s Pride by Barbara White Dallie
  • The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Read My Lips by Teri Brown
  • Read My Lips by Jana Novotny Hunter
  • Reasonable Doubt by Steven Barish
  • The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath
  • Resilient Silence by Peter M. Quint
  • Resistance by Janet Graber
  • Ricki by Lou Honderich
  • Risk by Dannika Dark
  • Road Girl by Hester Parsons Battad
  • Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant *
  • Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything by Lenore Look
  • Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall
  • The Rules of Silence by Kristen Johnson Ingram
  • Samedi the Deafness by Jesse Ball (note: unclear whether any characters are deaf or if this is a metaphor; will read anyway just in case)
  • The Sand Bird by Margaret J. Baker
  • Saudade by Katherine Vaz
  • “Sea Change” by Alan Brennert
  • Season of the Sun by Catherine Coulter
  • The Secret Letters of Mama Cat by Jody Sorenson
  • Secret Signs by T. J. Waters
  • Senses and Sensations series by Susan Laine
  • Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte *
  • Shattered by Kia Dupree
  • Sheltering Bridges by Bobby Hutchinson
  • 神童 (The Prodigy) by Akira Sasou
  • Shrine by James Herbert
  • The Sign for Home by Blair Fell *
  • A Sign to Remember by Ron Podmore
  • The Sign for Drowning by Rachel Stolzman
  • Signs by Anna Martin
  • Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown
  • Signs of Murder (Anna Southwood Mysteries #3) by Jean Bedford
  • Signs of Spring by Patrick Quinn
  • Signs Unseen, Sounds Unheard by Carolyn B. Norris
  • Silence by Deborah Lytton
  • Silence in Center by Jody Studdard
  • Silence in the Wild by Dale C. Jellison
  • Silence is Deadly by Lloyd Biggle
  • Silent Beginnings by Ariel Berk
  • Silent Dances (Starbridge #2) and Silent Songs (Starbridge #5) by A.C. Crispin and Kathleen O’Malley
  • Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini
  • Silent Reckoning and Silent Weapon by Debra Webb
  • Silent Fear by Lance & James Morcan
  • A Silent Fury (High Stakes #2) by Lynette Eason
  • The Silent Heart by Kelly Adams
  • Silent Heart by Kathy Attalla
  • Silent Lotus by Jeanne M. Lee
  • The Silent Scream by Betty Sullivan La Pierre
  • The Silent Time by Paul Rowe
  • The Silent War by Victor Pemberton
  • Silent Witness by Susan Yankowitz
  • Silent World (Broken World #7) by Kate L. Mary
  • The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (Inspector Morse #3) by Colin Dexter
  • The Silent Zone by Forrest L. Erickson and Debra A. Peterson
  • Singing Hands by Delia Ray
  • Sins of Summer (Wyoming Frontier #3) by Dorothy Garlock
  • The Smart Princess, and Other Deaf Tales by Keelin Carey
  • Smelly Hearing Aids and Fishy Lips: A Deaf Teenager’s Journal by Marc Heyez
  • Smith Valley by StarAndrea
  • Some Girls Do by Leanne Banks
  • Someone Else’s Ocean by Kate Stewart
  • The Somers Treatment by Gillian Bradshaw
  • A Song of Love by Catherine Anderson
  • Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson
  • Song of the Sea Trilogy by Stephen Cosgrove
  • Los Sordos by Rodrigo Rey Rosa
  • Soul Catcher by Colin Kersey
  • The Sound of Your Voice by David Sullivan
  • Sounds of Silence by Phillip Tomasso III
  • Sounds of Silence by Elizabeth White
  • Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Spider’s Web (Sister Fidelma #5) by Peter Tremayne
  • A Spoonful of Sugar (Bachelor Bake-Off #2) by Kate Hardy *
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Star Song by Sandra Canfield
  • Starfall by Jessie Kwak *
  • Stolen Shadows by Mary King
  • De Stomme van Kampen by Thea Beckman (note: only available in Dutch)
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • The Story of Esther Costello by Nicholas Monsarrat
  • Strangers I Know by Claudia Durastanti *
  • Strawberries in the Sea by Elisabeth Ogilvie
  • Strong Deaf by Lynn McElfresh
  • The Stuntman’s Daughter and Other Stories by Alice Blanchard
  • Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver
  • Submerged Hopes by Chloe Holiday
  • A Sudden Silence by Eve Bunting
  • Sugar House Hill by Heather Simonsen
  • Sugaring Off by Gillian French
  • Summer Sunrise by Lee Damon
  • The Sylver Chronicles by Paul Kercal
  • The Tailor’s Daughter by Janice Graham
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Tales of the Borderlands series by Meg Burden
  • Talk Talk by T. Coraghessan Boyle 
  • Talk to Me by Pat Simmons
  • Tall, Tatted, and Tempting by Tammy Falkner
  • Tarantella by Sol Yurick
  • The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O’Neill *
  • Tell Me How the Wind Sounds by Leslie Davis Guccione
  • The Telling by Eden Winters
  • There Was This Man Running by N.L. Ray
  • There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
  • Thornwood House by Anna Romer
  • The Tiger’s Woman by Celeste De Blasis
  • Tindr (The Circle of Ceridwen Saga #5) by Octavia Randolph
  • To Give a Heart Wings by Mary Kay McComas
  • To Heal the Soul by Natalie J Damschroder
  • Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
  • Touchdown by Richard A. Steel
  • Travel in the Mouth of the Wolf by Paul Fattaruso
  • A Trick I Learned from Dead Men by Kitty Aldridge
  • Tuck Triumphant by Theodore Taylor
  • TURBO Racers: Trailblazer by Austin Aslan
  • Turn on the Light so I Can Hear by Teri Kanefield
  • A Twist of Fate by Susannah Carleton
  • Typhon’s Children by Toni Anzetti
  • The Unfinished by Jay B. Laws
  • Unravel by Amelia Loken
  • Unspeakable by Sandra Brown
  • The UnSpeakable by Charles Laird Calia
  • Unspeakable by Graham Masterton
  • Until I’m Safe by Jane Grace
  • Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue
  • The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull
  • Wait for Me by An Na
  • War Boy by Thorn Kief Hillsbery
  • Warning Signs by Katy Lee
  • We Shall Not Shatter by Elaine Stock
  • Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren
  • What Willow Says by Lynn Buckle
  • When I Wake by Rachel Lee
  • Whisper by Chrissie Keighery
  • Whisper My Name by Tara Manderino
  • Whispering in the Dark by Kelly Andrew
  • The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
  • Winter Wind by J.R. Rain
  • The Wishing Pearl by Nicole O’Dell
  • Wolf Signs by Vivian Arend
  • Won’t Someone Help Anna? (Sweet Valley Twins #69) by Francine Pascal
  • The Words in My Hands by Asphyxia
  • Words Unspoken by Suzanne Ellison
  • World of Silence by Don Coldsmith
  • World of Silence by Kaytlin Phillips
  • Wrangler’s Lady by Deborah Benét
  • 无声的青春 (Youth of the Deaf) by He Yi (note: currently only available in Chinese)
  • ゆびさきと恋々(A Sign of Affection) by Suu Morishita

Seems like a long list, right? Surprise! It’s not. Considering the vast size of the publishing industry, this isn’t even a drop in the sea. (And could there be any more titles using words like “silent”?!)

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3 thoughts on “Ranked: Deaf Characters in Fiction (UPDATED MONTHLY)

  1. Great list! I’m thinking the pirate and Sherlock Holmes ones are right up my alley! You might like Submerged Hopes by Chloe Holiday, a romantic suspense novel about a Deaf archaeologist heroine and a SODA hero. She apparently had a Deaf sensitivity reader.

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