Book: Lucy Green Eyes - Not Everything Green is Gold by Paulette Benjamincategories: Book, African American, Molestation, Teen Girl, Drama, Biography, Suspense, Racism, Memoirs
Paulette Benjaminabout this book: "Oh, how I wished I could've told her what had happened. How I wished I could've let go and allowed the tears to spill. But I knew that if I had cried, Mama would've asked me what the matter was. And if I had told her the truth, she would've said that I was lying. And if she thought that I was lying . . . well, you know the rest.
Still, I wonder . . . did she know?
Did anyone know?
Didn't everyone know?"
Lucy Green Eyes is a true story depicting actual events in the life of a young girl, Merlene McDaniel, who was given away at birth to be raised by her grandmother. As Merlene grows, she has to learn to cope with the stains of her illegitimacy, molestation and parental abandonment, all while maintaining a lying grin to uphold her brave facade. A captivating and soul-tugging account of the emotional and physical endurance possessed by an innocent child, Lucy Green Eyes is a cacophonous narrative of a young girl whose inner strength allows her to ride on the wings of endless hope. And we can't help but ride along.
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