Lucy Green Eyes

By Paulette Benjamin

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


"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 to be raised by her grandmother. As Merlene grows, she has to learn to deal with the stains of her illegitimacy, abandonment, and molestation, 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.


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"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 to be raised by her grandmother. As Merlene grows, she has to learn to deal with the stains of her illegitimacy, abandonment, and molestation, all while maintaining a lying grin to uphold her brave facade. A captivating and soul-...


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I was born in South Carolina but moved to New York when I was three years old. I went to Professional Children's School in NYC where I was exposed to the arts. Although I loved writing from the time that I was eight years old, the passion was fueled after I got into high school and college where I majored in it. Once I was old enough to hold a pencil correctly, I began writing stories about having a baby sister that I so badly yearned for. I'd write every night before bed until one day my mom told my older brother and me that she was going to have a baby. We were both beyond ecstatic, although my brother cried when we learned that the baby was a girl. I screamed for joy because I finally had my sister. Then about a year later, my mom gave us a little brother. Four years after that, we got another baby sister and two years later, another sister. Finally, the moral of the story: Be careful what you write for.


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I was born in South Carolina but moved to New York when I was three years old. I went to Professional Children's School in NYC where I was exposed to the arts. Although I loved writing from the time that I was eight years old, the passion was fueled after I got into high school and college where I majored in it. Once I was old enough to hold a pencil correctly, I began writing stories about h...


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