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Philomena (Unloved)

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Born in the Caribbean, Philomena Jones is abandoned by her mother and left to the mercy of her grandmother, who, after raising eight children and grandchildren, is not capable of dedicating herself to another child. Love-starved, Philomena is easy prey for the island's new pastor. She leaves home for America, hoping to find her mother, but ends up drifting and battling ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Second Story Press
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A heart-wrenching story of a child, and then a woman who is kicked, both literally and figuratively, her entire life. Her father drowns before she is born. Her mother abandons her when she is two, and the local priest starts molesting her when she turns 10, and continues well into her adult life.

As the title says, she is unloved, and does not know what love is.

The story is told from two points of time, by the protagonist. One point is the present, and the other is the past. The present is when
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My review: I am not even sure where I can start. I started reading this book just a few days ago and I had a hard time to put it down. As heart wrenching as this story is, it was hard to tear myself away. I had so many mixed emotions and almost feel that there should be a disclaimer as this novel can be controversial or disturbing for some.

The story takes you through the life of an adolescent child and her mother abandoning her to be raised by her grandmother. Throughout her years she
Darlene Foster
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story about the devastating effects of abandonment and abuse. Philomena has never felt loved since her mother left her with her grandmother as a toddler on a small Caribbean island. Her grandmother tries her best but is old and tired, hardened after raising her own eight children and several other grandchildren. Philomena is abused by members of the clergy and mistakes this as acts of love. Her life spirals out of control when she goes to America to find her mother. The story does a good job ...more
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
TW: sexual assault, pedophilia, statutory rape, suicide, assault, alcohol abuse

Philomena is an intense story about abuse, love, and recovery. It's a story about being unloved and trying to find your family and yourself along the way. Growing up being raised by her grandmother, Philomena is accustomed to a lack of love. Her mother is absent and she's not sure about her father. So what comes across for the majority of the book is a deep loneliness, a deep sadness about being on her own. Chapters
Lisa P Clement
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to read but the story is so true for children and women today. Abuse is still going strong even with all the advances we have made in helping others in America today. It is a story of a girl/woman who suffers much pain throughout her life.
Maybe more people need to read books like this to make them aware of the struggles of others.
This story needs to be shared even though it is hard and dark. I would recommend it.
Thanks to Net gallery for allowing me to read this book.
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