Walking Over Eggshells is an autobiography that tells the story of the great misadventures of a mentally abused child as she tries to make her way in the world. After her marriage to a questionable character, Lucinda moves from England to Kenya to Libya to Benghazi and back, all while working odd jobs and taking care of her family. And in between? Lucinda attempts to preserve the frayed relationship with her mother, maintain her marriage and break out of the timid shell which years of abuse had forged.
So why did Lucinda E. Clarke decide to share her story? She wanted to bring to the public stage an awareness of mental and emotional abuse. Although harder to mark than physical or sexual abuse, mental and emotional abuse can be just as volatile and damaging to a child’s development. But don’t let the shadow of Lucinda’s pain scare you away from her book. Her story also encompasses humorous moments that highlight all the fun to be had on this journey we call life.
Walking Over Eggshells is wonderfully written proof that memoirs can be just as interesting and engaging to readers as fiction. Lucinda outlines the main points of her life with a retrospective honesty that reads like a conversation, which is why I gave the work 5 out of 5 stars. We follow Lucinda and her family from country to country, struggle with her through one trail after another and hold our breaths as we wait for temporary, life-saving resolutions.
Unfortunately, as our lives are sometimes repetitive, so are some of the moments in this piece. We see Lucinda and her family struggle through the same problems and come to the same half-hazard solutions from chapter to chapter. But, c’est la vie. This repetition did not hinder my enjoyment of the piece. Lucinda E. Clarke speaks to the reader and does not simply recite the tales of her life. She also uses her story to enlighten her readers about the unseen effects of living with a parent who suffers from narcissistic personality disorder.
© 2019 by Naomi Roberson