Many people may never experience what it is like to be abused, or to feel
hatred for a parent, but in Bastard Out Of Carolina, the reader gets to relive
what it is like to be abused through the eyes of a child. This engrossing and
wonderfully written story will open your eyes to the reality of child abuse.
The story is told through the eyes of Ruth Anne Boatwright, a child brought
into the world with an unknown father and a mother who struggled to bring
her up properly in a situation bound for despair. This harrowing account will
leave you speechless and flabbergasted. Bastard Out Of Carolina is bound
to make an everlasting impression in the mind of its readers.
Ruth Anne was born into a family of Boatwrights, known throughout the
south for their rough-edged ways. She was born when the south was no
place for young mothers and their illegitimate children, yet her mother, Anney
was determined to bring “Bone” up in a caring and loving environment.
Anney did not want to see her little girl grow up to be a Boatwright woman.
She wanted to see her daughter make something of her life, something almost
impossible in South Carolina. Anney’s immense love for Bone was visible in
almost every aspect of life. Everything that she did revolved around Bone
and how it would make her feel. When Mama married Lyle Parsons, a gentle
and loving truck driver, both Mama and Bone thought they had been blessed
by god. Lyle’s kind and humorous demeanor made him appear almost as an
angel in the eyes of Anney and Bone. Things didn’t last for long, though.
When Lyle was killed in a car accident, Bone was sure things would never be
the same, and she was right.
Soon, Mama gave birth to Lyle’s daughter, Reese. Reese’s locks of curly
blond hair and her small smile reminded Mama of Lyle everytime she looked
at her. Mama swore she would never marry again because she could love no
man the way she loved Lyle. But soon, Glen Waddell started courting
Mama. At first, gentle and loving, Anney thought that he would make a good
father for her two children. Little did she know that Glen was hiding dark
secrets that would soon tear the family up forever.
After the honeymoon, Mama and “Daddy Glen” bought a house in
Greenville, South Carolina, far from the home that they lived in before, far
from the aunts and the uncles that meant so much to Bone and Reese. In the
beginning, Daddy Glen demonstrated no signs of hate or abuse. He brought
the kids presents, he took Bone places. He wanted to love and be loved.
But from the beginning, Bone saw something suspicious in Daddy Glens icy
blue eyes. She saw hatred and contempt. Bone could read Daddy Glen, and
she was scared of what might happen.Slowly, Glen’s behavior started
changing. He would yell at the smallest things, often blaming Bone for
everything. Bone saw Glen looking at her, in strange and seductive manners,
and when the abuse finally began, Bone knew that she had to be strong, if
only for her Mama’s sake.
The abuse continued for months, and soon, Bone began to believe that she
was to blame for everything. It wasn’t Daddy Glen who was acting wrong, it
was she, and she was wrong. Mama often passed off Bone’s abuse as her
fault also, warning Bone to be good in front of Daddy Glen. The abuse
however, was caused by Glen’s immense jealousy for Bone. He saw how
Mama caressed her and cared for her. He saw how Mama would do
anything for her, how she would hold her and never let her go. Glen’s
jealousy turned to angry rage. He thought that if he could get past Bone,
Mama would be his, and all his. The abuse continued until one day Aunt
Alma noticed immense scarring on the back of Bone’s legs. She immediately
confronted Anney and showed her the scars. Astounded and shocked,
Anney moved out. She scolded Glen for abusing her baby. She didn’t
believe that he could actually be that overpowering and dominating.
Although they were far from Daddy Glen, Bone could tell that Mama still
loved him, even though he had mentally and physically abused her little girl.
Bone knew that it was inevitable, Mama would go back to Daddy Glen, but
Bone wouldn’t go with her.
The two remained separated for months. But one day, Daddy Glen came to
the apartment. The abuse that occurred in the next few minutes, was
something Daddy Glen had never done before. Daddy Glen raped Bone,
broke her arm, and left her bruised and bleeding. When Mama walked in on
the scene, she scooped Bone up in her arms and left for the hospital, but
Daddy Glen would soon convince Anney that he was truly sorry, and Anney
would take Glen back. But, Bone did as she vowed to do. Bone stayed with
her Aunt Alma, and Mama left with Daddy Glen at her side. Bone knew she
would never seen her beloved mother again.