Scags Series by Deborah Emin
The Scags Series is a 4-part set of conflicts that the character, Scags, has at various stages of her, an everywoman’s, awakening. Rather than writing a coming-of-age story based on a male model, I chose to write about how women don’t come of age, but rather, how they awaken. Each volume is told in a different first-person voice by Scags at the ages of 7, 18. 30 and 45 and in a different season.
Scags at 7 is told in first-person present tense by the 7-year-old Scags as she deals with what she assumes will be the hardest part of the summer, her best friend’s absence at camp, only to have a much more problematic situation to face right at home. The summer’s progress strains her understanding of what the love from her favorite adult, her Pops, will do to her.
Scags at 18 reveals the life of Scags away at college for the first time. That is, the first time that Scags has ever left home alone. She records her thoughts about love, sex, politics and her classmates and courses in the diary her mother gave her as she left town. It is the tumultuous fall of 1969. So much to learn and to understand and what better place than in her diary?
Scags at 30 (nearing completion) is a departure in many ways from what Scags had imagined her life would be like. Now living in NYC, in love with a former nun and sharing her Fifth Avenue apartment, Scags send letters to her ex-lover, in Vermont, telling her about how life affects her now. Facing a barrage of questions about her own identity, her profession and her inner spiritual life, this aspect of Scags’ awakening leaves her in a very different relationship to herself by the end of the novel which spans the winter when Reagan is inaugurated, and an attempted assassination occurs, along with the murder of John Lennon and the first discoveries of the disease that is about to kill many, many Gay men.
Scags at 45, the last volume in the Scags Series, will be told as a memoir. Now, living in the fullness of her realizations about what her life may be about and settling in to fulfill her commitments to society and to those she loves, this springtime attempt to write a story of her life and to capture the rich detail of all the events that have led her to where she is at the moment of the writing, is one more excursion into the various stages of the awakenings that women go through during their entire lives.