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Beverly J. Armento

Seeing Eye Girl: A Memoir of Madness, Resilience, and Hope

December 7, 2023 
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Seeing Eye Girl is the story of growing up in an abusive, dysfunctional home and also a story of inspiration about the teachers who empowered me and gave me the resources and spirit to survive and thrive.

From an early age, I was responsible for my blind, artistic, and mentally ill mother. From the outside, I excelled at school and in the world, but at home I was cowed by my mother’s rage and delusions. At school, I was Strong Beverly—capable, funny, outgoing, a leader–encouraged and nurtured by my angel teachers. But at home, I was Weak Beverly, certainly capable as I kept the house and my younger siblings clean and organized—but also quiet–the typical kid trying to keep the household calm and avoid Momma’s next violent rage.

For seventeen years I endured chronic and complex physical and emotional abuse at the hands of my mother.  It was during my first year of teaching that my strength and resilience faced an ultimate test: Would I take that final plunge into the Passaic River or stay here at home forever, taking care of Momma?

In the last chapter of Seeing Eye Girl, I Wrestle with God as I seek peace and a way out of my dilemma.

Kirkus Reviews: “Sublime writing brightens an unforgettable, harrowing personal account.”

Sue William Silverman, author of How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences: “Is it possible that a story of chronic abuse at the hands of a mentally unstable mother can be beautiful? Seeing Eye Girl proves that the answer is yes… This book is a testament to the human spirit that will not be denied fulfilling its potential.”

Lauretta Hannon, author of The Cracker Queen: Seeing Eye Girl is a brave, riveting account of a young life coping with unspeakable hardship and abuse. But more than that, this memoir is a testament to the resilience and force of the human spirit. This is a story that will move you, affect you, and linger with you long after you close this remarkable book.”

What members can gain from our conversation:

  • Insight into writing about difficult topics such as childhood abuse
  • Ideas about framing your memoir around your key themes and how those themes are your keys to marketing
  • Thinking through how to treat your characters who are still living; and
  • So, you’ve told all your secrets in your memoir. Now it has a publisher, a cover, and it’s about to launch. It’s time for a major panic attack!! What might you expect from your readers?

Inspired by the many teachers who mentored me, I also became an educator and have enjoyed a long and rewarding career working with middle school children as well as University students. Retired now, I am Professor Emerita at Georgia State University and hold degrees from The William Paterson University, Purdue University, and Indiana University.

During my tenure at Georgia State University, I served as chairperson of the Middle and Secondary Education Department as well as Director for the Center for Business and Economic Education. Recognitions include: The Alumni Distinguished Professor Award from the College of Education in 1985, the Outstanding Social Studies Educator in Georgia Award from the Georgia Council for the Social Studies in 1990, and the College of Education’s Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award in 1994. For years I volunteered at Refugee Family Services, instructing college interns ineffective literacy techniques. In 2011 I was awarded the Refugee Champion Award.

I’m busy now meeting with Book Clubs, mental health, educator, and religious groups discussing the major themes from Seeing Eye Girl: Childhood trauma, the important role of adult mentors in the lives of young people, and the role of faith in one’s life. In addition, I’m working on a second memoir and a journal to accompany Seeing Eye Girl. I also serve as a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books.

I also love to be outdoors, walking and hiking, playing in the dirt in my garden and visiting the occasional beach or mountain. I love spending quality time with my many friends and family. Life is good.

Learn more at: http://www.beverlyarmentoauthor.com

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