By Richard B. Pelzer
This positive follow-up to his "New York occasions" bestselling memoir "A Brother's trip" chronicles Pelzer's heartbreaking teenage years as he struggled with the results of early life abuse and the way a surrogate kin provided him convenience and wish.
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I found little pleasure or happiness in anything I experienced. But then I saw the angel, and I was deeply touched. I found myself questioning my decision to take my own life. There was just such a peace about the face of the angel that I was no longer sure about my decision, or about anything else. WE WERE LEAVING THE Daly City area. I watched the landmarks pass by as we drove farther and farther out of California. When we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge for the last time, I recalled the fun we’d had as boys marveling at its height and size.
The dark and the damp felt familiar. As I walked out of the cave and back to the exit of the enclosure, I was struck by the scenery. The desert was dotted for what seemed like miles around with small islands of trees and plants. I leaned against the wooden fence and surveyed the vast landscape. ” she said. I knew the voice, and I loathed the tone; I didn’t look back to check that it was Mom, I knew it was. I straightened up from the fence, hung my head, and awaited her instructions. ” she commanded.
Together we sort of kept each other’s spirits up. He was one of the few people I had confided in other than my best friend Josh. He knew about Mom, how she beat me and how she constantly made me feel less than human. Jonathan couldn’t truly know how bad it was, yet he understood. Our conversations were short and usually started with him asking what had been happening to me, especially if I looked more tired than usual. He had offered to sell me a gun if I ever wanted to stop Mom. At the time I thought about it, but I’d never had the guts to seriously consider actually killing anyone—until now.