A Life Without Consequences by Stephen Elliott

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A Life Without Consequences is a semi-biographical novel from emerging author Stephen Elliott. His novel traces the fate of Paul, a boy whose mother has died and who runs away from a violent father. The book follows Paul from living on the streets of Chicago to passing through juvenile institutions and a state system that is primarily programmed for failure. There, he meets Tanya and they fall in love but they are young and are separated after a failed attempt to escape the institution. Paul battles through the violent system all the while battling his own rapidly budding adolescence. But as he turns sixteen he starts to come to terms with his own path, not as an adult, but as a scared child and we see that Paul’s emotions that we think of as anger are actually the determination to take control of his future. While the characters are fictional, they are representative of many and we realize the fragility of childhood and the burden on the children who have nowhere else to go.

 

About Stephen Elliott

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Stephen Elliott is the editor of the anthology "Politically Inspired," He is also the author of four novels, including "What It Means to Love You" and "Happy Baby," A contributing writer for "The Believer," the "San Francisco Chronicle," "Newsday," "The Village Voice," and "McSweeney's," Elliott is the Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and lived, before this year, in San Francisco.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by M P Publishing Limited. 186 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Elliott, like narrator Paul, “left home at the age of thirteen and after a year sleeping on the roof of a convenience store on Chicago’s Northside, was made a ward of the court and channeled through various large and small group homes and institutional learning facilities.” Paul’s narrative begin...

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Based on the author's harrowing experiences, this first novel is a journey into homelessness, youthful angst, drugs and hopelessness in Chicago. Paul, 14, runs away from home and is quickly pic

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