John Cotter was thirty years old when he first began to notice a ringing in his ears. Next came partial deafness, then dizziness and vertigo that rendered him unable to walk, work, sleep, or even communicate. A devastating memoir that sheds urgent, bracingly honest light on both the taboos surrounding disability and the limits of medical science. Losing Music is refreshingly vulnerable and singularly illuminating—a story that will make readers see their own lives anew.
“Losing Music comes closer to expressing the transcendent sensation by nearly being music itself.” —The Wall Street Journal
“In his moving memoir, John Cotter anticipates a world without sound. Losing Music offers a compelling portrait of how deafness isolates people from even those closest to them. [. . .] More broadly, he also challenges us to better understand how any disability radically alters a person's sense of self."—Washington Post
John Cotter currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.