Sisters search for salvation from the street
In the novel “The People vs. Cashmere,” the main character, Cashmere Pierce, tells the story of trials and tribulations that she faced as a young girl living in Compton, Calif.
Desmond Pierce, Cashmere’s father, is a hard worker as well as a devoted husband and father. Pearla Pierce, Cashmere’s mother, likes to club hop, but pretends to be a devoted wife and mother when her husband is home. Then there is Desiree, Cashmere’s 17-year-old sister, who is promiscuous and walking down the wrong path.
The Pierce family was once happy until tragedy hit home, leaving Cashmere and Desiree to fend for themselves. The two girls start making money by stripping and selling drugs. Desiree then turns herself and Cashmere to prostitution and destroys both of their souls in the process.
From there, Desiree sets off a chain of events out of jealousy, which lands Cashmere in jail. Cashmere believes that she has nothing to live for, but is still hopeful that she will get a second chance in the free world.
“The People vs. Cashmere” is a story that every broken woman can relate to.
Cashmere is a young girl whose innocence was taken and is seeking redemption. In this novel, the author takes the reader on a journey of living the street life and the consequences behind it. The author shows the reader how women forget their self-worth to the point that they hate other women.
A woman with low self-esteem, who notices that another woman is getting more attention than her, is the woman that she is going to take down. Her self-esteem is low to where she works to lower another woman’s self esteem to build hers up. This is the theme of Cashmere’s relationship with Desiree.
Desiree was the total opposite of Cashmere. Cashmere was all about school and dating guys who really wanted to be with her. Desiree did not like school and spent time with guys who just wanted her for sex. Because of this, Desiree degraded her sister when she turned her into prostitution, which is why Cashmere never looked at life the same for a very long time.
When a young girl’s innocence is gone and she feels that there is no way to get it back, she begins to self-destruct. She also feels that since she is not happy, she has nothing to lose. Therefore, she loses her faith in god. Even though some women die from living on the streets, some women find their redemption from it.