Carrie, a girl born in prison from a father convicted of three murders and a mother who committed suicide shortly after Carrie's birth, struggles through life trying to keep afloat until she receives a mysterious letter that will change her life forever.

Part of Myself is a gripping story about Carrie, a woman with a tough past. Growing up in Texas in a group home, she always felt the shadow of her father's crimes and her mother's tragic death. Her life is a mix of longing for understanding and dealing with loneliness.

Moving to Irvine, California, Carrie starts as a waitress, hoping for a fresh start. But things take a turn when she gets news about her sick grandmother in Portland, Oregon. This leads to unexpected events, including a fight over her grandmother's estate and new relationships. Carrie's journey is full of ups and downs, including betrayal and heartbreak, but also hope and strength.

The book shows her struggle to face her past and shape her future, drawing readers into her emotional world. Eugene Leigh's novel is not just a story; it's an insight into human nature, the importance of forgiveness, and finding one's true self. It's a book that takes you deep into Carrie's life and her path towards finding peace.


Excerpt from Part of Myself © Copyright 2023 Eugene Leigh


When the lawyer arrived on the scene, her client lay dead on the bathroom floor. Rachel had killed herself by a wall in the ladies’ room. The forensics team swept through the tiles, photographing the body and interviewing potential witnesses. The smell of sanitizers and ammonia prevailed everywhere.

Her client’s body leaned by the wall, all four limbs strewn without life, no doubt of her mortality. Nothing was left for the lawyer except waiting for the autopsy report, which would take weeks. However, right now, she had one more person to see.

The lawyer headed towards the nursery. Tears leveled her eyelids as she paced down the corridor. When she burst in, a nursery staff member stared. “Miss Taylor, what brings…”

The lawyer halted in front of crib number four, where a baby girl rested, barely able to open her eyes. The lawyer reached out and picked up the child, holding her tight. The nursery staff allowed it, even though they were bewildered by the circumstances.

The newborn gently slept without making a sound. The lawyer took her time, but couldn’t stop crying.
With the little baby’s innocence snug so tight, how could she tell this poor soul? Carrie, your mother just committed suicide.

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