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Negative Beauty

by t-r-robinson

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Having gained her freedom from an abusive situation this naïve woman looked forward to a peaceful and contend life with her young son. But life, lust and fate had other ideas. Besides the hardships of single parenthood when it was socially unacceptable she had to also endure continuing unwanted attention from both men and women. Lesbian violence, pimp intimidation, rampant jealousy, gunman, love, lust, homelessness, financial difficulties and a host of other situations led to several serious suicide attempts. Her salvation lay with her son and those few wealthy, highly positioned and powerful individuals she was privileged to meet. Nevertheless, wherever she turned a challenge always faced her.

This is the second book in the abridged series recording this amazing life.

Reviews

  • Amazon Review:

    Negative Beauty is the second book of the trilogy memoirs of T R Robinson. The first book, Tears of Innocence began before WWII and told of her initially happy childhood that turned into a tortured and troubled life.

    In Negative Beauty she is finally freed of an abusive marriage and with her young son anticipates an easier and happier life.

    At the beginning the author is not clear about when this part of her life occurs but based on the end of her first book and later references to the decade it cover the late fifties and sixties; a time when women were expected to be married and dependant on a husband. Attitudes of the day towards a single mother earning a living are just part of her struggles in Negative Beauty.

    The title comes from the author’s natural good looks and the difficulties that can arise when people make assumptions. In the authors’ case it included men, lesbians and pimps.

    But that’s not all she has to deal with in this period of her life. Her day to day life is frustrated with struggles of making ends meet. Juggling three jobs to make ends meet and provide for her son leads to repeated illness. Her feelings of frustration due to lack of income and doubt about the future trigger several suicide attempts. Her naivety and trusting nature makes her a target for people wanting to harm or take advantage of her.

    The writing style is very different to “Tears of Innocence” as it is largely dialogue based, telling her story through conversations and reflection. I have to admit that, at first, I wondered how this would work as a memoir. It does work extremely well and makes the reader feel like they are in the room and part of the scene being played out.

    I enjoyed reading Negative Beauty. It is not only an interesting memoir it also give great insight into viewpoints of the time and shows just how much society has moved forward in their attitudes to women.