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A book review of Seeing Eye Girl: A Memoir of Madness, Resilience, and Hope by Beverly J. Armento

A book review of Seeing Eye Girl: A Memoir of Madness, Resilience, and Hope by Beverly J. Armento

Stars: *****

She Writes Press (2022)
Memoir
286 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: As the “Seeing Eye Girl” for her blind, artistic, and mentally ill mother, Beverly Armento was intimately connected with and responsible for her, even though her mother physically and emotionally abused her. She was Strong Beverly at school—excellent in academics and mentored by caring teachers—but at home she was Weak Beverly, cowed by her mother’s rage and delusions.

Beverly’s mother regained her sight with two corneal transplants in 1950 and went on to enjoy a moment of fame as an artist, but these positive turns did nothing to stop her disintegration into her delusional world of communists, radiation, and lurking Italians. To survive, Beverly had to be resilient and hopeful that better days could be ahead. But first, she had to confront essential ethical issues about her caregiving role in her family.

In this emotional memoir, Beverly shares the coping strategies she invented to get herself through the trials of her young life, and the ways in which school and church served as refuges over the course of her journey. Breaking the psychological chains that bound her to her mother would prove to be the most difficult challenge of her life—and, ultimately, the most liberating one.

Seeing Eye Girl

I love She Writes Press and this memoir did NOT disappoint. It is the story of a girl turned woman who is the seeing eye girl for her blind mother. She has mental health struggles too. It is hard being her mother but the author does the best she can with her circumstances.

The book was written really well and caught my attention. I read it straight through in one sitting. It took me 2 hours with no breaks.

It was a gripping book and the author doesn’t just go on and on about her parents, making it seem like they are big bad guys and that was it. This is how some memoirs read but this memoir is more real. Her parents had good and bad qualities, just like everyone else.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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