Pocket of Pain
Pocket of Pain is a coming-of-age memoir that takes place in a world of 80’s popular culture, music, and fashion. As her parent’s marriage falls apart, Suzanne escapes into a relationship with a boy who is five years older and ends up being more controlling than her father. She escapes once again, this time as she leaves for college, and submerges herself in the RVA punk rock scene. Ultimately, a dark secret from the past surfaces, and she is forced to take another hard look at the relationship that she thought was over before she can finally leave the past behind. Pocket of Pain offers a message for all young women willing to listen. For those who have experienced gaslighting and abuse, it’s an important conversation piece and a reminder that we are not alone. While heartbreaking at times, it also shows the resilience and optimism that this young girl always held on to. Through her story, we get to experience her journey as she takes you through the euphoria of her quest to find happiness.