The Armless Maiden by Midori Snyder Appalachian Tales of Strong Women: "The Girl Without Any Hands" by Tina L. Hanlon (Applit) the handless maiden - www.ezboard.com armless maiden. Judith--there are many versions of the Armless Maiden tale out there. it is a remarkable tale because it has a complicated structure--a sort of hiccup ...
There's so much good stuff from Tim Pratt's great story to all the art and artists this issue (the ex-voto sculptures from Brazil in the Crossroads sections to Jeanie Tomanek's illustrations in the Armless Maiden piece).
If family violence is one of the issues you're looking at, you might also be interested in The Armless Maiden and Other Tales for Childhood's Survivors which I edited for Tor Books (1995). The book is out of print now, but used copies are pretty easy to find -- on Amazon.com or on used book sites like abe.com.
Armless Maiden While her situation is not permanent, there are some interesting imagery and ideas to found in the wealth of armless maiden narratives. The Endicott Studio offers two articles and a whole lot of poetry on the Armless Maiden: