This remarkable memoir shines the light on the plight of children with no parent to wake them up with a gentle kiss, to send them off to school with a packed lunch, to read them a bedtime story as they fall off to sleep These are nobody s children who, due to their circumstances, are rarely able to climb out of the shadows of society, instead left to fend for themselves in an inhospitable world But while Somebody s Someone exposes the extreme trials these children endure, it is also a triumphant story of how one young girl makes it out alive Never before has the voice of an abandoned child been so perfectly rendered, intimately captured, and lovingly portrayed With Somebody s Someone, Regina Louise emerges as an extraordinarily gifted writer whose voice is filled with raw emotion, shocking honesty, and pure lyricism....
|Publisher||:||Agate Bolden First Trade Paper edition March 18, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||560 KB|
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Somebody's Someone Reviews
From birth, Regina Louise Ollison was nobody's child. Her mother Ruby, who had given birth to Regina's older sister at age 13, then Regina at 18, pawned both girls off upon "Big Mama," an elderly woman who had provided a foster home to Ruby herself as a young girl. While Big Mama herself wasn't cruel, there were a myriad of others in her home, including adult children and foster children, who mistreated Regina horrifically on a regular basis. As no one in DCF had ever been made aware of Regina and her sister Doretha's living arrangements, no one official could monitor the situation. Even the name "Ollison" symbolized their non-existence; it was merely the name of a random boyfriend Ruby had had at some point, then given to both her daughters in an effort to minimize their illegitimacy.
I'm a 60-year old white guy who has never even known anybody in the foster care system, but I heard about the book, got a copy, and it has had more of an impact on my view of people than any other book in memory. It covers about 6 years of the author's life, from age 9 or so to 15 or so. On the surface, it's not emotionally easy to read—the story of a child who's never known love, has lived with caregivers and parents who berate her, beat her, and abuse her emotionally and physically. Don't shy away from it, thought, because what comes through all of that is the personality of a sweet, intelligent, and strong young girl (she's not yet a "young woman") who you end up rooting for, hoping for, and then admiring.
This book about broke my heart. Even with her limited financial resources her mother was able to keep her two younger sons with her and Regina felt she preferred them because they were male. What really broke my heart was how when she ended up in a temporary childrens shelter at around age 13, she was able to bond with one of the care workers.
This is not a bad book, but it's not one to pick up lightly. It is essentially a long walk through a very dark childhood, with only intermittent glimpses of hope and light. Nearly all of those glimpses get squashed, including a very obvious hope that gets squashed because of a bureaucrat's racism.