Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott

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Stephen Elliott's new novel, Happy Baby, explores how pain can define desire, how the future becomes the past, and how grace struggles with self-destruction. The story, told in reverse, begins with thirty-six-year-old Theo and his search for sexual and emotional freedom, and slowly unravels back to a childhood of abuse in the juvenile detention centers of Chicago.
Without judgment, Elliott traces a life defined by yearning—for love, for pain, for certainty. His clear words and unflinching gaze reveal the difficulty of simple truths and the possibility of transcendence in the face of unforgivable crimes."
 

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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 August 11, 2009 by MP Publishing Limited. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Erotica, Children's Books. Fiction

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These two 18-year-old rape victims are both looking for more pain: “You don’t hurt me enough,” complains Maria, Theo’s one true love, and it’s the story’s most bitter irony that more beatings might have kept them together.

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What fills Theo's head in the initial chapters—sex infused with violence, fluid self-negotiations about the value of life—transform into repeated experiences of rape in a forced exchange for protection, unsteady alliances with other boys locked within the system and wire mesh and metal bars that ...

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What fills Theo's head in the initial chapters—sex infused with violence, fluid self-negotiations about the value of life—transform into repeated experiences of rape in a forced exchange for protection, unsteady alliances with other boys locked within the system and wire mesh and metal bars that ...

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