The story is told 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 siblings. 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.
This timeless story of one woman’s courageous attempt to come to terms with her past and the troubled family that dominated it is powerfully and poignantly told.
My heart broke time and time again for Lucia. I can’t imagine growing up with the daily emotional abuse she went through. I can’t imagine living my life every with the amount of hate her parents had.
Emotional abuse really does stay with you for a very long time, and ruins your own self worth.
I loved to read about the change of the country while she was growing up, and how it effected her as well.
This story flowed beautifully and found myself getting lost in the world of Lucia and see what ended up happening to her. I gave this book a 4 only because of the ending.. I would of loved to know how her life turned out after leaving her parents home.