The story of a girl tempered in a crucible of abuse and neglect,
"Neecey's Lullaby "is a superbly crafted narrative in the spirit of
the bestselling novels "Push "and "Bastard Out of Carolina. "
Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Neecey once felt that her world
was perfect. She was loved and protected by her father, Jesse, and
lived in relative comfort with her mother, Ruby, her grandmother,
Ma 'Dear, and her siblings. But when Ruby and Jesse's marriage
falls apart due to Jesse's cheating ways and Ruby's hot temper, the
children are eventually abandoned by their father and end up living
in poverty in a housing project.
Ruby plunges into depression and anger, yelling at and hitting her
children without warning. Ruby brings shiftless suitors into her
home and gives them her body and her time, leaving Neecey to learn
on her own how to cook and care for her five younger siblings, some
mere babies. Yet despite the trauma, Neecey's love for her sisters
and brother, and ultimately herself, helps her find the inner
strength to succeed.
Cris Burks has created a poignant portrait of a child who strives
to soar above a world of pain.
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