Jesse Kalfel
Mystery & Screenplay Writer

In the Little World: A True Story of Dwarfs, Love, and Trouble

In 1997, almost by accident, John H. Richardson found himself sharing a hotel with more than a thousand dwarfs. Over the course of a single week, he witnessed love and anger, fear and bravery, arrogance and humility, even a bizarre romantic deception — the entire spectrum of human emotion in one concentrated dose. But at the end of the week, he discovered that leaving the “Little World” wasn’t as simple as checking out of a hotel. In fact, his journey would last a full two years.

At a time when bigger often seems synonymous with better, and physical beauty serves as currency, the world of dwarfs usually passes beneath our notice. Now, in this groundbreaking work, award winning author John H. Richardson brings the Little World into focus.

He introduces us to characters like a saintly but obsessed doctor and a mother who sacrifices her family to save her dwarf daughter. He follows two dwarf lovers from first meeting through the struggle to overcome their fear and shame and find the confidence to love each other. He becomes personally involved in a tangled and often confrontational friendship with a female dwarf. Through these stories and musings ranging from classic theories of beauty to the history of the disability movement to postmodern theories of difference, richardson presents a world that is a skewed reflection of our own – and offers us a glimpse into the essential human condition.