About the book:
“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?”
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Lucy Green Eyes is a true story based on actual events in the life of Merlene McDaniel as told from her eyes growing up in the small town of Swansea, South Carolina. It is an emotional cacophony of a young girl’s battles against the tribulations of illegitimacy, molestation and feelings of rejection. And although she spends much of her early years dodging the stinging switches of an overly-strict grandmother, yearning for the embrace of a part-time mother, hoping for a smile from an oncoming stranger, and running from dirty old men, Merlene’s inner strength allows her to ride on the wings of endless hope. And we can’t help but ride along.