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Born to an interracial couple in Arkansas circa 1960, Christina Dandridge’s life was tumultuous from the start with things only growing worse as the years passed. Wrought with abuse and abandonment, Christina’s life is a journey of ups and downs and trials and triumphs.
This is a companion novel to the Been So Long series, chronicling the life of Mona-Lisa’s mother and setting the stage for the dysfunction that plagued the lives of both Mona-Lisa and her sister, Cleo.
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The summer was almost unbearable. It wasn’t just the stifling, unrelenting heat or the flies that seemed to multiply by the second or the smell of the chicken coop behind the house or the fact that we were made to stay outside all day. It was knowing that the next day would bring more of the same. There was no school to break up the torture of being there and being treated less than human in our parents’ own house. The walk to and from school was long, but I made the most of the fact that it kept me away from the house and away from Uncle Teddy even longer. It kept me off of my knees for hours at a time, staring at a floor whose grooves, cracks, and tiny dirt tracks I’d memorized, while he sat and watched TV in what amounted to me and Kenny’s bedroom. But in the summer, when there was no school, there was nothing to do but try to play outside and try to forget that life could be better, because thinking of life before this—life with Grandma Orene or at Mr. Henry’s house—would only make things worse since it didn’t look like we were ever going to be able to leave this place...
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