A downward spiral of teenage promiscuity, an ever-growing emotional distance between her and her family, a string of abusive relationships, depression and a suicide attempt, which lands her in a mental institution, shatter Neka’s faith in God. Though her tribulations persist, she ultimately finds peace within and even makes peace with God—and dares to find her rainbow amidst the darkest gray.
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About the Author
V Lyric Parker began her writing career as a performance poet and rapper in the 90s. She appeared at various venues and on local radio stations in her native Atlanta, GA, immediately becoming an audience favorite. In 2001, she self-published an earlier version of The Darkest Gray under the title Who Has Lived My Life. She hopes to serve as an inspiration to others battling depression and to those who’ve survived childhood sexual abuse. The eldest of three siblings born to a single mother, the thirty-something author still resides in her hometown with son, Torrey, and daughter, Ciara.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Life is already hard for little Neka and her mother, given the seemingly inescapable poverty from which they know no respite. And, when her mother gives birth to a baby boy, Neka knows that times, unfortunately, are about to get much tougher. Unbeknownst to Neka, though, a separate set of circumstances altogether will soon make her own life nearly unbearable... After she is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, Neka is sent on a downward spiral through the throes of depression, promiscuity, and, ultimately, attempted suicide, which lands her in a mental institution. Throughout it all, her faith in God takes hit after hit, until she finally questions if He ever existed in the first place...her question is soon answered, though, upon her release, as she makes her way back from emotional & spiritual ruin, determined to build a better life for herself - and the new son she'll soon welcome into the world - and committed to finding the positive in every situation, no matter how bleak and gloomy the outlook may be. Stirring, emotional, and heart-rending, The Darkest Gray is an absolutely consuming read. Based on a true story, V. Lyric Parker's tale takes the reader on a riveting journey through the darkest recesses of the human experience - at times difficult to swallow because of the unimaginable pain and strife that Neka is forced to endure. Fortunately, Parker is just as adept at finding the silver lining as she is at depicting the darkest cloud, and for every glancing blow dealt by Neka's tragic early life, the reader's heart is equally buoyed by the strength, resolve, and unyielding courage that she displays on her ultimate march to personal victory. A moving tale of life at its best and worst, The Darkest Gray is a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Strongly recommended. Linda Waterson Apex Reviews