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Neecey's Lullaby: A novel by Cris Burks
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Neecey's Lullaby: A novel

by Cris Burks

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3.25 stars. i liked this, but can't quite articulate its main point. maybe the resilience of children, or this particular child? she certainly is faced with a lot to handle, and it's just awful what she has to carry. but she does it with grace and i think learns what she is capable of because of it.

it's well written, but could have used just a little more editing for awkward repetition, but otherwise is really well done. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767919831, Paperback)

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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Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, Neecey must draw on her own inner strength to persevere and become the rock that holds her five younger siblings together in the face of poverty, abuse, and neglect. By the author of SilkyDreamGirl.

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