Ever since her mother left Camille in Uncle Bob’s care with a short note, she has been a young girl stuck in the past.
His house is a throwback world where the rules are rigorous. For 8 years, dresses that never made it into the 21st century, Mama Cass' songs and reruns of I Love Lucy and other old TV shows were her only comfort, and Uncle Bob her only companion. Convinced by his claims of love and protection, she learned to love and accept this sheltered life, letting him become her whole world.
Now a teenager, her desires to leave the house and be free are long gone. But life's changing again; Camille finally goes to public school. Facing brutal bullying and feelings of inadequacy, the only bit of hope is a thirteen-year-old girl who apparently enjoys her company and doesn't look down on her clothes, her hair, her black skin; Ashley. Despite her fears, Camille starts a friendship. But Ashley goes missing, and the guilt of perhaps knowing what happened is unbearable.
She has suspicions that Uncle Bob may not be the perfect man she once thought. After eight years of seclusion, she’ll have to rethink everything and maybe find help. Finally allowing herself to think about her mother again, somehow she will have to find the strength to do the right thing.
She’ll learn that growing up can change everything…
|Publisher:||Renata F. Barcelos|
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I won't lie. This was a tough one for me to read. Don't get me wrong; MY SORE HUSH-A-BYE is a brilliant novel and ranks as another powerful psychological masterpiece from author Renata F. Barcelos (author of MEAN). What made this book so difficult is how incredibly well-written it is. Barcelos constructs riveting first-person narratives that are impossible to put down no matter how uncomfortable the content becomes. I hate giving away plot points in a review, but readers should be warned; this novel concerns the 8-year captivity of a child abducted by a sexual predator. Yet, Barcelos handles this scenario with eloquence and grace, masterfully building moments that will make you squirm while tastefully leaving any gory details to the reader's imagination. MY SORE HUSH-A-BYE creates a sort of Stockholm syndrome situation. The predator has been quite skillful in subjugating his prey and Barcelos takes us into the mind of his young victim, one of the most real characters I've read in recent independent literature, to show us the conflicting thoughts and emotions born of 8 years with an abuser who claims to be a protector. I really don't want to give away any more. You'll just have to read it yourself to understand. And read it you should. Barcelos has again proven herself a master at capturing the voice of the haunted, the wounded, the troubled. And, as the hope of the human spirit triumphs over despair, we feel every nuance precisely thanks to Barcelos' skill with both the English language and the human heart. This is powerful stuff.
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite "My Sore Hush-a-Bye" by Renata F. Barcelos is the story of Camille, a teenager going to school for the first time in her life. She has lived with Uncle Bob since she was seven years old. She has come to depend on him and knows no other way of life. He showed her a note from her mother telling her to stay with Uncle Bob. Now, eight years later, she is attending school for the first time. At this point he is no longer interested in: she has grown up and is too old for his taste. This book is difficult to summarize without giving away too much. Camille is the narrator, giving the reader a unique point of view. We are able to see the events through the eyes of the victim. "My Sore Hush-a-Bye" is disturbing; the subject matter is dark and perverse. Renata F. Barcelos is an amazingly talented writer; her style is simple and yet has depth. She drew me into this tale and had me eagerly turning the pages. This is not a long story and I easily read it in one sitting but it stayed with me for weeks. I was so wrapped up in this tale that I was afraid for Camille; I was afraid he would kill her. I was amazed that Uncle Bob was so brazen and oh, so sick. I wonder if this book was based on fact. The plot reminded me of the book "The Room." This tale should be a warning to parents and all guardians.