A Child Called It is the autobiographical account of David Pelzer's childhood, a striking testament to one of the worst recorded cases of child abuse.
This part of David's life was spent in Daly City, California, which is roughly near San Francisco. He notes that he could see both the beautiful Golden Gate bridge and the San Francisco skyline from his window. The family lived in a "good" neighborhood in a modest two-bedroom house. David is fairly cut off from his community for much of the book as his mother keeps him isolated even from his brothers as punishment. She does send him to school, and it is this community that finally puts enough red flags together to call the police for a formal investigation, which likely saves young David's life.
The events of A Child Called It transpire over David Pelzer's early childhood, between the ages of four and eight. The younger years were enjoyed without abuse; David shares memories of being a "Brady Bunch" family when he was young. He recalls warm memories of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas celebrations with his family, including wonderful traditions implemented by his mother. However, his mother transforms into a completely different woman, and by age twelve, young David has endured being stabbed, poisoned, starved, and belittled.
David Pelzer's nationality is American, but I cannot find anything in the book indicating which race he identifies with. I try to avoid drawing visual conclusions and instead allow people the freedom to voice this identity for themselves.