APOOO Rating: 4
Color Me Butterfly by L. Y. Marlow covers four generations of abuse, hurt, and pain. It displays the strength of women when they have nowhere else to turn. These women pressed through decades of domestic violence. We first see Eloise, from a small town in North Carolina, as she meets a wonderful man, (so she thought) Isaac, who moves her to Philadelphia. She later tries to understand how she found herself in Philadelphia, with five children and Isaac never home. His abuse grew drastically and he began to do unthinkable things to her and the children. But Eloise stayed...for the children.
Her daughter, Mattie, grew to resent her father. She vowed to get out of the house as soon as possible and never let a man touch her the way her father did. She fell for Roy and was pregnant before she graduated high school. They were married only a few weeks, and Roy already showed that he was just like Isaac. Mattie tried to leave several times but decided to stay with him. Again, for their children.
Mattie's daughter, Lydia (author of the book), grew up knowing that the men in her life were abusive. Stuck in this generational curse, she found herself pregnant by a man so similar to the men that she wanted to stay away from. She named her daughter, Treasure, and did everything she could to make sure the generations of abuse stopped with her.
Marlow brings to light many stigmas in the African American community, such as, domestic violence, mental illness, and the issue of color. You find yourself hoping for better and wanting to see the women succeed. Each woman's story was so intense and you then realize that this is true. This is really someone's family history. Marlow does a great job with capturing the feelings of each character. In the end, you feel apart of their family. It is a great book club read.