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Weedmonkey [Kindle Edition]

Lisa V. Proulx , Susan Hughes
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 256 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

Growing up during the Depression and forced to live in coal mining camps throughout Appalachia, Virgie Hopkins is subjected to child molestation, the KKK, murder, homelessness, starvation and ridicule for being the daughter of the town whore.

Virgie grows up hating her mother who was taken away when she was nine years old and while she was gone, she and her brother were put into foster care, starved and abused.

When her mother returned, she did not know her husband or her children and Virgie could not understand why she had changed.

At 16, Virgie made the decision to leave Kentucky and the only life she had ever known after discovering her prostitute mother was having an affair with the young boy Virgie loved.

Filled with hatred, resentment and shame for the woman she called Mom, it was not until her mother’s funeral, did she learn the horrible truth, the reason for her change and the reason why she became the town whore, a weedmonkey.

A haunting true story…

From the author:
My mother began writing Weedmonkey when I was a little girl. In 2006, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live. On her deathbed, she asked me to finish writing it for her. I said yes.

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About the Author

Lisa V. Proulx

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DYWG898
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! August 20, 2013
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This book is not for the faint-hearted. It is a story of grinding poverty, of love and hate, of ultimate redemption. It is the saga of a girl who could easily have taken the same road as her mother but instead, through personal strength, managed to break the cycle and create a very different life. I live in the same geographical area of Maryland as the author and I hope to find out if she makes personal appearances at our local libraries and other venues. This book was so compelling that I read it in one long afternoon and hope to read other books by her.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Believe the bad reviews March 6, 2014
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I read many of the 1 and 2 star reviews which referenced the terrible grammar and sentence structure of this book and I thought, 1) honestly, could it be that bad? and 2) even if that bad, would it really affect the read? The answer to both questions - a resounding YES! The grammar and terrible sentence structure, not to mention the disjointed and random paragraphs, made this book painful to read. The story also did not always add up. I found many mistakes that seemed to be errors in chronology. This was a terrible read and the underlying story was not worth wading through the poor writing and story telling. I do like memoirs and I am typically lenient in review and allow for some error and imperfect writing as I feel the memoir author may not be a true writer, but simply someone with an interesting or poignant story to tell. No amount of leniency can justify this disaster of a book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book July 17, 2013
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I bought this book yesterday afternoon, and finished it before I went to bed!! I loved the book and some of the things in the book took me back to my childhood and brought back many memories of my Mother! I love and recommend this is well written and will keep you reading...Love the Author also! Love all of her books! Bring on the next one!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! January 8, 2014
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Sad & honest story of growing up in Appalachia during the Depression. A girl who was left to find her own way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in w.v.a. December 18, 2013
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This book reminded of my home life growing up in w.v.a
During the 50's my father was an alcholic a coal miner we were very poor. I can relate to the feelings of virgiee. After my father died I had to forgive him for how we were raised. This book was like reliving my life over except for my mother she was
A wonderful mother the book was a very good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written June 4, 2014
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Even though this was a really interesting story it was disjointed and poorly written. It was reminiscent of a high school essay or journal. It's surprising to me that this book was ever published.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weedmonkey February 15, 2014
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I was consumed by this book. Could not put it down. Kept wondering if it was a true story. Being familiar with Eastern Ky.
(Pikeville) the story really drew me in. Have a lot of questions would love to ask the author. Unfortunately a lot of the hardships the main character experienced were and probably still go on. Since cold industry is disappearing in the the region, no factories or new industries moving, it is experiencing hardships. This was a wonderful story ,did not realize setting for the book would be my families home town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Written a bit like a beginner January 26, 2014
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Although the book is very interesting, you can tell that it must not have had a good edit as words are left pit or typed wrong,lending me to feel it was not written by a very good author. Perhaps she in fact was like the girl writing, and only finished 8th grade in Kentucky in the 40,s.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Story was interesting but the writing seemed all over the place. It was written in the scattered way that a person thinks which made it confusing and hard to follow.
Published 18 hours ago by Linzi Pumpelly
4.0 out of 5 stars This is an absolute must-read!
I loved reading every second of this book,and rarely put it down.
Published 6 days ago by Alyssa
4.0 out of 5 stars not a good read.
Pitiful story background. Fairly well written. It is somewhat depressing as well. If you're prone to depression, not a good read.
Published 8 days ago by Patti West-Truby
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the stories from a personal writing, written by a decendent.
I am not very educated with an author's writing. But I enjoyed the stories.
Published 8 days ago by MIldred
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Breaker, Heart Healer All in One Book
“Weedmonkey,” by Lisa V. (Virgie) Proulx breaks your heart, then puts it back together again with its amazing candor and the triumphant spirit that built a successful life rather... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Author Stephanie Parker McKean
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Title
The story itself was very interesting but I found the choice of title quite confusing as there was only one reference to it in the whole book.
Published 19 days ago by Alieeeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must read
Published 21 days ago by Jolie Kleinhenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Sad poor lives in Appalachia
Loves and lives and the terrible times of the coal miners and their company stores
Published 29 days ago by Deborah Witowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Hummm
Interesting read but at times hard to follow. So much happens in the story. Six more words were required. 1
Published 1 month ago by Brandy Holland
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!!
This story really held my interest until the very end. The writers life was incredibly difficult but kept the storyline moving. Well worth it!
Published 1 month ago by Gail Nouri
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More About the Author


I am a laid back 70's chick who loves to write and am the bestselling author of ten books.

As Lisa V. Proulx (my real name), I write horror, inspirational, and non-fiction.

As Veronica Moreau, I write erotic romance with a rock and roll edge.

I have been a feature writer and columnist for my local newspaper for 15 years and I have raised Rottweilers for almost 16. I am a former belly dancer who loves to cook, bake and work in my garden. I am also an inspirational speaker.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! ♥

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