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Color Me Butterfly by L.Y. Marlow
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Dec 16, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: bios-autos-and-memoirs, black-chick-lit, ghetto-urban-tales, genealogy-and-ancestors, nitty-and-dowright-gritty
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This isn't the prettiest story but it's someone's story nonetheless. It is a story of four generations of women. It starts when Isaac Bingham leaves the South and finds work in the north; when he returns home, he meets the young lady that will become his wife, Eloise, falls in love and brings her north too. It seems when they start having children, the violence began. He would beat her and the kids. make them eat rat if they pee the bed; aww he was the ghetto Hannibal Lector. Out of that union, Mattie, Lydia's mother, grows up and marry the man who becomes her husband and the father for Lydia, and though he's abusive, he ends up dying young. Lydia, the next generation, gets with the man who is her daughter's father and he's abusive as well. (I guess you see the pattern here) and for the sake of her daughter, she breaks free from that. This book is about the women who endure the abuse and break free in their own way. Eloise leaves Isaac, but years later after the kids are grown and she divorces him, she goes back only to leave him again. Mattie marries again and finds happiness in that union and Lydia seeing the pattern wrote this book so to break the pattern. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. seriously.
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