Change Me into Zeus's Daughter: A Memoir

Moss, Barbara Robinette

Primary Category: Literature / Nonfiction

Genre: Memoir

Annotated by:
Donley, Carol
  • Date of entry: May-22-2001


This work describes a young girl, Barbara, growing up in a poor rural Alabama family with a charismatic but abusive father and a nurturing mother unable to leave him, even for the sake of the children. Barbara suffers facial malformation, partly because of malnutrition and no access to dental or medical care.

Her gums cannot close over her buck teeth, her skull is longer and narrower than it should be, her bite does not close properly, and she has several black moles on her face. When she finally has major facial surgery, she is in her late twenties with a six year old son. He does not recognize the pretty women who comes home from the hospital.


Still, in spite of beatings, evictions, grinding poverty and a poor self-image, Barbara developed a creative side of herself, reading and writing and drawing. Her spirit held up under constant assaults.



Place Published

New Yorkv



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