I must say this book had me at the first page. And I didn't even read the synopsis! I usually do to see if it's something I'm interested in spending my quality time. This is a very powerful and emotional read. The story of an old woman who is asked to tell her life story shares the tale of a girl who wasn't wanted by her parents, whom instead desired a boy.
It is a hard thing to be born and not be among your own parents. I grew up without. It must be even harder to grow up with parents who doesn't love you because you weren't what they desired. Add a sibling that is chosen as a favorite to said parents and I'm thinking about the mental hell of all those years of growing up in such conditions.
I saw how Lynn would do anything, no matter how demeaning, for her parents' and teachers' approval. She would give away her most fundamental self; betray her most basic principles for the few crumbs of love they indifferently threw her way. It disgusted me to see her grovel before these unloving and distant people. I realized early on that I was simply not the child they had hoped for or even liked. There was nothing I could do, no way I could be that would make them love me. I refused to grovel. Eventually, I came to accept that they simply did not love me, and took comfort in the fact that, unlike Lynn, I was free. So I set myself against life itself.This is part of the picture painted by the author of the main character in this story: Lucia Grandi - The Early Years.
I love how Lucia shares a little history on each family member and the sort of background conditions that would lead to them being how they are at present. I do understand how life can shape who you are like a stream of water in a dessert, however, I will always believe in living consciously and using the choice that we always have to be better, despite our circumstances.
I believe there are many children just like Lucia who put their stamp on life, questioning everything, being adventurous and using the thorn steps of life to climb higher and write a different outcome! I could see things in Lucia that I would do and have done as a child. The author has shaped this character of Lucia in such a way that anyone can identify with some area of Lucia's life and adventures.
I love that at every turn that she got knocked down, she pick herself up and blaze ahead again!
She was physically knocked down by her father after what I thought was a clever prank gone awry. There must have been many other disciplinary measures for the child, instead of the abuse she suffered.
And Lucia did suffer many abuse in her life. I was wrenched with emotions during my read. The author shares such details and background that leaves you involved as if you knew or could have known Lucia at some point.
As a mother I wanted to defend her! I pleaded inside just for a little love for her. I evaluated my own self to ensure that I am indeed loving my children and being wise in how I parent.
Time and time again in this memoir of sorts of the life of Lucia Grandi, you see the harshness of her life and yet her strong will to forge ahead. Lucia really brings home the meaning of being a survivor.
The author Susan has done a wonderful job with making her characters believable and relatable. I enjoyed reading this book and would definitely recommend it to anyone for an entertaining and emotional read!
Written as a memoir, each chapter describes a particular incident in Lucia’s life which shows the constant struggle between her parents and the perverse effect it has on her and her family. From her complicated and unwanted birth, to her witnessing a suicide at age 3, to her stint as a runaway at age 14, the story progresses to the final crisis where as a young woman she is turned out of her house and banished from her family forever.Purchase The Tale of Lucia Grandi: The Early Years
About the author:
I was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island where I had an interesting and creative childhood. Once in college, I studied Psychology and Philosophy, but since “thinking” didn’t translate into earning money or job security, I worked at a variety of different and unrelated jobs both in New York City and on Long Island.
In order to keep me sane through all the craziness of life, I spent my spare time writing. Anything and everything. The culmination of this was a fantasy – The City of Light – which has recently been reissued as an ebook.
Somewhere in the middle of my life so far, after a great personal upheaval, I went back to school, became a High School Librarian. I managed to fulfill my childhood dream of living in the country when I finally escaped suburbia and moved to Vermont where I now happily live with my beautiful Pekes.
But I’ve never stopped writing.
My biography (as with my life, I hope) is to be continued…
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balance the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure