By Richard B. Pelzer
This effective follow-up to his "New York instances" bestselling memoir "A Brother's trip" chronicles Pelzer's heartbreaking teenage years as he struggled with the results of formative years abuse and the way a surrogate kinfolk provided him convenience and desire.
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Perhaps my older brothers knew better, perhaps they experienced similar things before I came along. I don’t know. I can only speculate about what happened before I was born. From my earliest memories, life was completely and utterly bizarre. Inside the house and with the protection of privacy, Mom’s ability to demonize and control her children knew no bounds. Eventually she mastered the ability to terrify a child beyond mortal horror. For many adults, it’s traumatic to have to come to terms with your own mortality.
I recalled myself at nine years old: when I was in the ambulance being rushed to the hospital after one of Mom’s explosive beatings, and the times I had spent hiding like an animal in the basement of the house in Daly City. Neither of them stuttered like I had, and they both enjoyed being around their parents. In fact, Wendy and Steve were so foreign to what I was at that age I just couldn’t relate to their outward personalities. They unintentionally intimidated me. It soon became all too apparent that Mom was getting upset with me as I found happiness with the Nichols family.
My father was no different. He worked as a fireman in San Francisco. Mom stayed home and took care of the five boys. On the surface, there was nothing out of the ordinary about us. We were just like the rest—at least, up to the point where I became aware that what happened to us as boys at home was different than what other children experienced in the neighborhood—or the country, for that matter. We lived like wolves, able to turn on one another at will, able to devour one another when need be.