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Swamp Robin, A Memoir

Biography & autobiography


by
Rosemarie Nervelle

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Language: English

Swamp Robin is a stunning and disturbing true story narrated by the daughter of a wealthy Canadian businessman and his beautiful, mixed-race housekeeper, Lizzie Cromwell. From Halifax to Harlem and places in between, the unchaste Lizzie led her vulnerable daughter through a peripatetic almost-Dickensian existence for the better part of eighteen years. This is a story of a “colored” woman who had a child by a definitely white man. Had this man been an ordinary white man, I might have been brought up in an interracial home without incident like so many others in Nova Scotia. But my biological father was no ordinary man. He was a pillar of the community, an extremely successful business man, an entrepreneur of extraordinary talents, and a powerful influence among his peers who admired him for his business acumen as well as his way with women. He was also married. I was hated from the moment of my conception. I would be punished for my mother’s transgressions, her guilt and shame; punished and hated for the criticism, ostracism, and banishment that she endured from her family living in a small town, while my father enjoyed his freedom, his fine reputation and his continued good life. The destructive relationship between my mother and me, the abuse she so cunningly devised to wreak the most physical and psychological damage, was the manifestation of her plan to destroy me. How I survived her abuse is what this story is about. Author Bio: Rosemarie Nervelle was born in Digby, Nova Scotia, 1933 and raised in Yarmouth and Halifax. Rosemarie graduated Yarmouth County Academy in 1951 and attended Sudbury University (Ontario) 1952-1953. She migrated to the United States in 1955, graduated Katherine Gibbs School, Montclair, New Jersey 1957, and graduated University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BFA in Architectural Design, 1982. Rosemarie was self-employed in design business – Nervelle Associates, 1982-2000. Rosemarie is married with two children and five grandchildren. Rosemarie Nervelle began writing poetry and short stories in fourth grade. She continued writing through high school as a hobby which took a serious turn while living on Nantucket from 1972 to l978. She has attended several writers’ workshops in Bernardsville, NJ; New York City 1985-1990. Rosemarie retired to Camden, Maine in 2000 and was a member of Camden Round Table (a writers’group) 2002-2006. Publications: THE WITCH OF BEAVER CREEK MINE, a young adult novel, published by Down East Books in 2007, a Newberry Award nominee FOG, a poem, published in the Goose River Press Anthology, 2004; a short story, MCPHEE ISLAND 2008; a short story SAYING GOODBYE 2009; a short story FROM THE INSIDE, 2010; a short story ETHEL AND BERTIE, 2011; MAGNOLIA STREET, 2012 Several articles and essays published in the Camden Herald from 2006 to 2009 Pseudonym: Maggie O’Brien keywords: Memoir, Interracial, Child Abuse, Nova Scotia, Harlem, Rosemarie Nevelle, Maggie O’Brien, Disturbing, Violent, Sad, Nostalgic, Honest, Powerful, Sensitive, Stunning, Staggering, Wrenching,

Swamp Robin is a stunning and disturbing true story narrated by the daughter of a wealthy Canadian businessman and his beautiful, mixed-race housekeeper, Lizzie Cromwell. From Halifax to Harlem and places in between, the unchaste Lizzie led her vulnerable daughter through a peripatetic almost-Dickensian existence for the better part of eighteen years. This is a story of a “colored” woman who had a child by a definitely white man. Had this man been an ordinary white… (more)

Swamp Robin is a stunning and disturbing true story narrated by the daughter of a wealthy Canadian businessman and his beautiful, mixed-race housekeeper, Lizzie Cromwell. From Halifax to Harlem and places in between, the unchaste Lizzie led her vulnerable daughter through a peripatetic almost-Dickensian existence for the better part of eighteen years. This is a story of a “colored” woman who had a child by a definitely white man. Had this man been an ordinary white man, I might have been brought up in an interracial home without incident like so many others in Nova Scotia. But my biological father was no ordinary man. He was a pillar of the community, an extremely successful business man, an entrepreneur of extraordinary talents, and a powerful influence among his peers who admired him for his business acumen as well as his way with women. He was also married. I was hated from the moment of my conception. I would be punished for my mother’s transgressions, her guilt and shame; punished and hated for the criticism, ostracism, and banishment that she endured from her family living in a small town, while my father enjoyed his freedom, his fine reputation and his continued good life. The destructive relationship between my mother and me, the abuse she so cunningly devised to wreak the most physical and psychological damage, was the manifestation of her plan to destroy me. How I survived her abuse is what this story is about. Author Bio: Rosemarie Nervelle was born in Digby, Nova Scotia, 1933 and raised in Yarmouth and Halifax. Rosemarie graduated Yarmouth County Academy in 1951 and attended Sudbury University (Ontario) 1952-1953. She migrated to the United States in 1955, graduated Katherine Gibbs School, Montclair, New Jersey 1957, and graduated University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BFA in Architectural Design, 1982. Rosemarie was self-employed in design business – Nervelle Associates, 1982-2000. Rosemarie is married with two children and five grandchildren. Rosemarie Nervelle began writing poetry and short stories in fourth grade. She continued writing through high school as a hobby which took a serious turn while living on Nantucket from 1972 to l978. She has attended several writers’ workshops in Bernardsville, NJ; New York City 1985-1990. Rosemarie retired to Camden, Maine in 2000 and was a member of Camden Round Table (a writers’group) 2002-2006. Publications: THE WITCH OF BEAVER CREEK MINE, a young adult novel, published by Down East Books in 2007, a Newberry Award nominee FOG, a poem, published in the Goose River Press Anthology, 2004; a short story, MCPHEE ISLAND 2008; a short story SAYING GOODBYE 2009; a short story FROM THE INSIDE, 2010; a short story ETHEL AND BERTIE, 2011; MAGNOLIA STREET, 2012 Several articles and essays published in the Camden Herald from 2006 to 2009 Pseudonym: Maggie O’Brien keywords: Memoir, Interracial, Child Abuse, Nova Scotia, Harlem, Rosemarie Nevelle, Maggie O’Brien, Disturbing, Violent, Sad, Nostalgic, Honest, Powerful, Sensitive, Stunning, Staggering, Wrenching,

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