Change Me into Zeus's Daughter
is a haunting and ultimately triumphant memoir about growing up poor and undaunted in the South. With an unflinching voice, Barbara Robinette Moss chronicles her family's chaotic, impoverished survival in the red-clay hills of Alabama. A wild-eyed, alcoholic father and a humble, heroic mother along with a shanty full of rambunctious brothers and sisters fill her life to the brim with stories that are gripping, tender, and funny.
Moss's early fascination with art coincides with her desire to transform her ""twisted mummy face,"" which grew askew due to malnutrition and lack of medical care. Gazing at the stars on a clear Alabama night, she wishes to be the ""goddess of beauty, much-loved daughter of Zeus."" Against all odds, the image of herself surfaces at last as she learns to believe in the beauty she brings forth from inside.
Stewart O'Nan Like Carson McCullers and Lewis Nordan before her, Barbara Robinette Moss makes immediate and intimate her own sad and funny Southern childhood. At once poetic and plainspoken, Change Me into Zeus's Daughter celebrates the wonders -- good and bad -- of discovering the world outside herself and uncovering the even deeper, more secret world of her family.