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Weedmonkey by [Proulx, Lisa V.]
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Weedmonkey Kindle Edition

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Lisa V. Proulx

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 545 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1490912924
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DYWG898
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Weedmonkey,” by Lisa V. (Virgie) Proulx breaks your heart, then puts it back together again with its amazing candor and the triumphant spirit that built a successful life rather than accepting excuses for failure.
Virgie was born dead on March 17, 1929. After that, life got worse.
Virgie’s Cherokee grandmother brought her back to life. Her parents took her to West Virginia where her father became a coal miner. Virgie’s first memory of her mom was a brutal beating at age four that left blood oozing from her legs. That abuse began a lifetime of hatred and resentment. One freezing day, Lisa was locked outside when the bakery man came. She lit papers from the trash can to keep warm. Her coat caught on fire. Neighbors wrapped her in a rug and rolled her on the ground to extinguish the flames. Wanting revenge, she told her father what had happened. That was the start of her mother’s repeated affairs, one of which produced a lover’s child who was later kidnapped. It was also the start of a downward spiral that included move after move, and her mother’s attempted suicide and return to the family from a mental hospital with no memory of who she was or who they were.
Virgie lived through the great depression and hid from the Ku Klux Klan. Her beloved Cherokee grandmother died while her mother was still in the mental hospital. She and her brother were taken to a “house of horrors” where they were never fed and sometimes stayed outside with the dog in the doghouse for warmth. When their mother came back to get them a year later, they didn’t recognize her.
Virgie wound up taking care of her younger siblings. That included protecting her sisters from rape. She once beat a child predator with a coal shovel.
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I kept thinking it would get better. The story itself has fantastic potential, but it is just so poorly told. It wanders all over the place and jumps from situation to situation and despite the whole thing being a harrowing tale of poverty and abuse, the narrator herself doesn't come over as a sympathetic figure. The grammar and sentence structure is dreadful and I certainly wouldn't recommend it.
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found it quite hard to concentrate on this book , so to be honest ive given up on it for the time being
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Sad story
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