Deaf since age 6, Brandi Rarus, a former Miss Deaf America, had a happy life and a beautiful family: her Deaf husband Tim and their three hearing sons. But she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing: Brandi had always felt she was meant to have a daughter.
Across state lines, a baby girl named Zoe had started to lose her hearing. Her adoptive parents agonized—they loved Zoe, but feared they weren’t prepared to raise a Deaf child.
When fate let Brandi to Zoe, she found the answer to her prayers, and Zoe found her home.
Finding Zoe is Brandi’s story of her life growing up Deaf, following her from youth when she struggled to communicate with hearing peers, to her college years when she embraced Deaf Culture, to her Miss Deaf America win in 1988, to getting married and starting a family, and finally, to finding her daughter, Zoe.
BenBella is honored to be partnering with Brandi and cowriter Gail Harris on this uplifting memoir that explores motherhood, adoption, Deaf Culture, and Brandi’s moving story.
Look for Finding Zoe on shelves in October!
To learn more about Brandi and Zoe, visit Brandi’s blog at brandirarus.com.