Color Me Butterfly: A Memoir

Color Me Butterfly: A Memoir

by L. Y. Marlow
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ISBN-13: 9780978732059
Publisher: El Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Pages: 425
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

L. Y. MARLOW is the author of Color Me Butterfly and the founder of Saving Promise, a national organization dedicated to raising awareness of and preventing domestic violence. She lives in Maryland.

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Color Me Butterfly 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this no-holds barred memoir, L.Y. Marlow does an excellent job of drawing readers into the pain of her past. Color Me Butterfly is filled with vivid scenarios entailing physical and emotional abuse at the hands of the men in her grandmother¿s, her mother¿s, her own and her daughter¿s lives. While stories such as this are not unheard of, Ms. Marlow does a good job in sharing with readers her family¿s particular story. The blessing is that the women in this family clearly have a strong bond, sustaining each other and seeing each other through some very tough times. The curse is that a cycle of physical and emotional abuse was perpetuated down through the years. The novel clearly shows that Ms. Marlow not only lived her family¿s history, but actually took the time to research and talk to her elders. It shows her legacy is important to her. I particularly appreciated the fact that Ms. Marlow eventually recognized the downward spiral and sought to change circumstances surrounding her and her daughter, Treasure, in hopes of breaking the cycle of abuse. Only time will tell if the cycle has been broken. Admittedly, I would have liked to have learned what affects the abuse had on her male siblings in their relationships, if any, during their adult lives however, this was a good, engaging read for me overall. I recommend Color Me Butterfly to victims of domestic violence, victims of sexual abuse, families that have had to or are dealing with these issues, including the effects the abuse has, such as mental illness and suicidal tendencies, as well as readers that favor or are interested in a well written memoir.
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BABBookClub More than 1 year ago
"Color Me Butterfly" is a poignant journey through four generations of a family marred by unimaginable domestic abuse -- seen through the eyes of the women enduring the abuse. Readers will follow a sad, yet interesting journey through the book as they learn more about each heroine - Eloise, Mattie, Lydia (the wonderful author of the book), and Lydia's daughter, Treasure. L.Y. Marlow, the author of the book, shares her family story with each reader -she opens her heart and emotionally tells a story that many African Americans do not typically discuss - abuse, health and mental issues. As we learn more about the author and her family - we learn more about ourselves. A butterfly begins as a caterpillar - as the caterpillar grows and finds out more about life, it eventually turns into a beautiful butterfly, comes full circle, and flies away. Each caterpillar and butterfly is a representation of life, love and relationships. What a wonderful book! Many readers will read this book and cry, laugh and triumph as they follow the author through her family's poignant and heart-wrenching journey! Review: 5 Beignets Reviewed by Sonya Books and Beignets (BAB) Book Club
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is definitely a page turner. I cryed, laughed and got angry because you know or have known someone like the characters in this book.