Review: Tale of Lucia Grandi by Susan Speranza

Title: Tale of Lucia Grandi
Author: Susan Speranza
Publisher: Brook House Press
Genre: Woman’s Fiction
Format: E Book
Source: Promotional Book Tours
My Rating:

Summary: When an old woman is asked to tell the story of her life, she tells is an intense and poignant tale about growing up in and surviving an irrational, warring suburban family during the 1950s and 60s. The narrative is told from Lucia’s perspective as the second child where she and her siblings are caught in the middle of a lifelong war between her mother, Ruth, an overbearing, unhappy homemaker, and her father, Leonard, a manipulative, sometimes violent New York City cop. Lucia is the silent, thoughtful eyewitness to her parents’ constant and sometimes life-threatening battle.

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 Review:
The cycle of abuse is a real thing. Early in the book everyone had grown up with some sort of abuse. I felt bad for all of them.

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.

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