Brian Shumway Happy Valley Harper's Magazine Teens Coming of Age in Suburban America
Brian Shumway Happy Valley Harper’s Magazine Teens Coming of Age

An image from Happy Valley [Addie Mae (Pouting). Pleasant Grove, UT] accompanies an article in Harper’s Magazine. The isssue is called Growing Up issue, focused on coming of age stories. below is a snippet from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s story, where my image appears.

At First Blush

By Karl Ove Knausgaard

It must have been sometime in the early fall, I was thirteen and had just moved to a new school. It must have been during science class, because I remember the teacher who pointed at me and told me, with some irritation, to spit out my chewing gum. “Your gum, Karl,” he said.

I was sitting at the back of the class and stood up to walk to the wastebasket in the far corner of the room. That’s when it happened. I was walking between the rows of desks where all my new classmates were sitting, and I started to blush. I had never blushed before, I had hardly ever felt ashamed about anything. On the contrary, I was a child who enjoyed attention, who loved taking up space, who chatted constantly to everyone I met about almost anything. To me, the classroom was an arena where I could compete and show off.