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Color Me Butterfly by L.Y. Marlow
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Mar 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: genre-biography-memoir
Read from March 06 to 10, 2011

Lydia tells her story in a voice that is resonant with courage. She uses the experiences of four generations of women, from her grandmother through her daughter, to chronicle a history of domestic abuse that in some cases defies belief. It would be almost too much to bear as fiction; as memoir, it is devastating. What makes these remarkable women so strong and gives them the wherewithal to survive is their unbreakable spirit and love for one another and their families. The fact that at least two of them were able to find love and security after experiencing inhuman abuse is remarkable. Although presented as a novel, this is a family memoir with beautiful pictures. The author can be forgiven for creating portraits of women that are uniformly saintly with no negative details as they are her beloved relatives who have never shown her anything but love and support. Included are several of her beautiful poems, personal and gracious.
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