Fiction that passes the Fries Test
Current total: 73
The Fries Test for fiction asks:
Does a work have more than one disabled character? Do the disabled characters have their own narrative purpose other than the education and profit of a nondisabled character? Is the character’s disability not eradicated either by curing or killing?
It’s a low bar, but even so I’m putting together a list of book-length fictional works written for adults with a disabled main character and at least one other significant disabled character. Any genre. Please add your suggestions below.
Remember, to be eligible for the list a book requires the following:
- for adult readers
- more than one disabled character
- neither character dies or is cured
- neither character’s narrative function is the education or profit of a nondisabled character
I will maintain the list. As time permits I’ll add very brief descriptions of each book or series.
I am not necessarily recommending these books, because I haven’t read them all. For that reason, if you think a book doesn’t qualify for this list please let me know by leaving an explanatory comment.
- Geek Love, Kathleen Dunn
- Two Ends of Sleep, Lizard Jones
- Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
- Arcadia Project series, Mishell Baker
- So Lucky, Nicola Griffith
- Everfair, Nisi Shawl
- Sheridan’s Fate, Gun Brooke
- Vorkosigan saga, Lois [...]