Title: Little Peach
Author: Peggy Kern
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
“You see me Mama? I don’t need shit from you. I’m good. I’m better than good.”
Little Peach is a hauntingly painful and completely gut wrenching story – but as the author’s note stresses, it is one that needs telling.
Trying to survive in the city with only an address and the words her Grandpa taught her, it doesn’t take long at all for Michelle to be groomed into a prostitution ring. Although she dreads the evenings, the ideas Devon knowingly plants in her head lead her to believe this is her decision, and the best/only option she has. Part of me would really like to know what became of the characters after the book finished but the other part of me knows it’s more than likely not going to be pretty.
The book is short but it works with the story, the characters are extremely believable and the hinted foreshadowing in the book will leave you feeling uneasy with every page turn. It’s a difficult read, but one I would highly recommend if you are okay with the dark themes.