Posted in: Constance Briscoe, Ugly
Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been travelling all over this bloody overcrowded country. Anyway, here’s the blurb for Ugly
I handed my school photograph to my mother. She stared from the photograph to me. ‘Lord, sweet Lord how come she so ugly. Ugly. Ugly.’
Constance’s mother systematically abused her daughter, both physically and emotionally, throughout her childhood. Regularly beaten and starved, the girl was so desperate she took herself off to Social Services and tried to get taken into care. When that failed, she swallowed bleach ‘because it kills all known germs and my mother always told me I was a germ’.
When Constance was thirteen, her mother simply moved out, leaving her daughter to fend for herself: there was no gas, no electricity and no food. But somehow Constance found the courage to survive her terrible start in life. This is her heartrending – and ultimately triumphant – story.
I’m loving Ugly, but it’s not the easiest book to read.
I do like books that take me out of my comfort zone though, they usually make me think. That’s not a bad thing methinks.