Happy Baby

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Macmillan, 2004 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Happy Baby is the story of Theo, once an orphan in the Chicago foster care system and now a grown man living in California. Theo, saturated with memories of abuse and heartache, and filled with the simple wish to understand more about himself, returns to Chicago to reconnect with an old girlfriend from his troubled youth. Told in reverse order, this edgy and powerful novel slowly and subtly turns mysterious, as we attempt to recognize the root of Theo's plight and the source for his quietly wavering humanity.

 

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Masochism as negotiation with past abuse. Read full review

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User Review  - Avital Gad-Cykman - Goodreads

I'm impressed and also wondering how he dares writing so openly. Is it a part of the need to suffer abuse? The Village Voice is cited saying it's a heartbreaking autobiographical novel. I do know that ... Read full review

Contents

Maria Has a Child
1
Listen
17
Achterburgwal
43
My Wife
63
Getting In Getting Out
85
Stalking Gracie
101
Where You Could End
115
Stevenson House
133
Stop First
155
The Yard
163
Home Before the Lights
179
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About the author (2004)

Stephen Elliott is the author of four novels as well as the nonfiction book Looking Forward to It: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the American Electoral Process. A native of Chicago, he lives in San Francisco and lectures at Stanford University.

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