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Victory from the Shadows

Growing Up in a New Mexico School for 
the Blind and Beyond
By Gary Ted Montague and Elaine Carson Montague

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*NM Press Women, Adult Non-Fiction, Biography, 2020, First *E-Book Non-Fiction, 2020 NM/AZ Book Awards, Second*Biography, 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards, Finalist*A Celebration of Writing, Albuquerque Museum FoundationJames McGrath-Morris Award for Published Non-Fiction, Silver

Front cover shows young cowboy pulling rein but Shetland not moving.

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What readers are saying about this book...

"Victory from the Shadows" tells the heartfelt tale of a special boy's journey to adulthood. Gary Ted Montague never let impaired vision stand in the way of his education or prevent him from finding true love. This is a story of strength, resilience, and optimism. The book offers rare insight into life at the New Mexico School for theBlind and adventures that came with growing up in the rural southwest.                             


                                              Anne Hillerman, New York Times best-selling author

                                                              of the Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito series

"Victory from the Shadows is a poignant story about personal strength and persistence. It offers inspiration to people who face any kind of disability, and it enlightens everyone to the emotional hurdles that accompany physical challenges. This book will touch your heart."

—  Loretta Hall
Award-winning author of Space Pioneers: In Their Own Words

"This book vividly delivers the experiences of a person with a disability from an isolated ranch to New Mexico’s School for the Blind to a rich life beyond. The Montagues’ story spans time from before disability-awareness, then the emerging societal understanding of disability, to today’s wider recognition of the social, educational, medical, and legal implications of disability."


—  Ruth Luckasson, J.D.

Distinguished Professor

Chair, Department of Special Education, University of New Mexico

"Victory from the Shadows is a heartwarming memoir dealing with blindness and the perseverance of the author in overcoming obstacles and stereotypes. The author shares his unvarnished story and captures a detailed look at New Mexico’s history of dealing with visually challenged people. The reader can’t help but be drawn into his story."


—  Larry Greenly

Award-winning author of Eugene Bullard: World’s First Black Fighter Pilot

"I thoroughly enjoyed Victory from the Shadows. The story is rich with New Mexico rural history during the mid-20th Century. Even more, it’s a compelling story of personal struggle and eventual triumph. The depiction of life on the family's eastern New Mexico ranch and later the stories of life at the New Mexico School for the Blind are finely told and gripping in their emotional intensity. This is an excellent addition to the annals of New Mexico history."

—  Rob Spiegel

Award-winning New Mexico writer

"To the casual reader, Gary Montague’s trials are the consequence of limited sight, but his story is much more profound than the determination of a man to bear up under physical adversity. Gary’s life is rich with powerful lessons, lessons that speak to the power of determination and optimism and the unwavering resolve to live with dignity and self-respect."

—  Fredric K. Schroeder, Ph.D.

President, World Blind Union

"Victory from the Shadows captivated me. I started reading and could not stop, finishing it in less than a day. A story of challenge and courage, it shows that a determined person can develop and define himself despite the restrictions society might try to place upon him because of a perceived disability."


                                                                                Judith Avila, best-selling author                            of Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original                                                                                       Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Firsthand Account - Life in a School for the Blind
with Gary and Elaine