In 1958, Riva Lehrer was born with spina bifida. At the time, most such children were not expected to survive. Her parents and doctors are determined to "fix" her, sending her the message over and over again that she is broken, that she will never have a job, a romantic relationship, or an independent life. Enduring countless medical interventions, Riva tries her best to be a good girl and a good patient in the quest to be cured.
Everything changes when, as an adult, Riva is invited to join a group of artists, writers, and performers who are building Disability Culture. They insist that disability is an opportunity for creativity and resistance. Emboldened, Riva asks if she can paint their portraits--inventing an intimate and collaborative process that will transform the way she sees herself, others, and the world.
"Golem Girl" is an extraordinary story of tenacity and creativity.