Color Me Butterfly Inspired by One Family's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph

Color Me Butterfly Inspired by One Family's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph

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by L. Y. Marlow
     
 

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Inspired by a true story, Color Me Butterfly follows four generations of mothers and daughters—haunted by a common specter of domestic abuse—as they discover the strength, hope, and courage to survive.
 
The last thing Eloise Bingham wanted was to leave the comforts of her South Carolina home and family. But at the end

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Inspired by a true story, Color Me Butterfly follows four generations of mothers and daughters—haunted by a common specter of domestic abuse—as they discover the strength, hope, and courage to survive.
 
The last thing Eloise Bingham wanted was to leave the comforts of her South Carolina home and family. But at the end of World War II, the young wife follows her husband, Isaac, to Philadelphia—only to experience his sinister and violent temper. Eloise’s children—and their children and grandchildren—will face their own trials over the next sixty years: Mattie, who has lived in her mother Eloise’s shadow, finds it takes a life-changing tragedy to help her break free; Lydia, Mattie’s strong-willed daughter, summons the resolve to rise above the cycle of abuse; and finally, Treasure, Lydia’s lively daughter, has the chance to be the first to escape her family’s destructive legacy.
 
It will take unconditional love, old-fashioned family values, faith, and fearless determination—already embedded in each woman’s DNA—to triumph over a life plagued with unspeakable pain.

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"Based on the author's own horrifying true tale of four generations of women surviving domestic abuse, Butterfly powerfully illuminates the emotional impact of a crime that claims the lives of more than three women a day."
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"With a clear and courageous voice, L.Y. Marlow reveals the unspeakable horrors of a family’s legacy. After four generations of women and children are held captive within a dark chrysalis of domestic violence, one of them finds the strength to break free. Color Me Butterfly is a haunting journey that ultimately leads toward miraculous healing and renewed spirit."
Beth Hoffman, bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycut 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307716613
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
507,447
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

L. Y. MARLOW is originally from Philadelphia. She is the founder of Saving Promise, a national organization dedicated to raising awareness of and ending domestic violence—which has affected several generations of her own family. This is her first novel.

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Color Me Butterfly Inspired by One Family's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best novels that I've ever read. I couldn't put it down. By the end, I was so inspired to tell my own story. Thank you for sharing with the world and for the lives that you will change through this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So touchy and a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderfully written, I read in one day, it evoked every emotion we as humans encompass!!! Great book, so different from anything on the market now. Job well done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very fast read. Our group read in less than two weeks. Every chapter pulled you in to want to know what would happen next. The surprising thing, was that it took so many generations to evolve from the same negativity the women seemed to experience with men. It is an excellent book open for discussion on how to deal with domestic physical, verbal, and mental abuse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I commend lydia's courage to share her story, especially because there are those who need to here it n those yet unable to share their own...God bless her and her family.
Karen Anderson More than 1 year ago
From the first page to last, I was amazed. This is truly a remarkable book, could not put it down, had to pace myself when reading it because I didn't want it to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry, smile, and gasp all at once! I loved reading every minute of this book and think it is a life changing story about strength, women, and abuse! You will love it. I also liked Wench and Cane River!
Katisha Everett More than 1 year ago
I believe the highest honor a book can net is when its characters live on in the reader's mind long after the final page has been turned. This book has earned said honor. Easily the most engaging and rewarding literary experience I've had all year. I'd love to see this book adapted into a screenplay.
ATrueRN More than 1 year ago
very inspirationaly and uplifting. Sad at times but i enjoyed every moment of the book and will probably read it again and again. Thankyou Mrs. Marlow!!!!!!
Z-loves-to-read More than 1 year ago
Where do I start? This book is AMAZING!!! At first, I was skeptical when it this was suggested that I read this. You can feel the strength emulating from each page. I often read "fairytale" fictions opting to escape my harsh reality (i.e. bills, responsibilities, marriage.) I applaud you L.Y. Marlow for sharing your this story of breaking the vicious cycle many African American women continue without even knowing. This is an suthor that I will most definitely watch for other releases!
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Bandit29 More than 1 year ago
I found the story difficult to read in that generations of women in this family endured so much abuse from men who claimed to love them. It seemed as if the cycle would go on forever. I cringed when these women returned to their abusers and just accepted their lives as though nothing could be done. I don't think I could have been as forgiving of a father who beat his children and then abandoned the family and in the end, expected to be welcomed back because he was ill and had nowhere else to go. But the story finally brings hope that future generations have realized their worth and will never allow themselves to be victims.
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this book was a good read, however I did ultimately feel there was something missing from the book, not entirely sure what
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A great read. Know matter what cultures this problem exist. A person can over come.
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You came to paterson and gave us these books one year and sighned it and i never put it done not kidding. (The teen sumet)
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teneka thomas More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read! At the end of each and every dark cloud, a rainbow can be found! Thank u L.Y.Marlow for having the courage to share your story with us.