Happy Baby

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McSweeney's Books, 2004 - Fiction - 191 pages
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The Night Face Up is about Theo who learns to associate abuse with affection while growing up in the juvenile detention facilities in Chicago. The second half of the book concerns itself with how Theo's desires play out as an adult. In the chapter, Other Desires, his
masochism is completely in control of his life, his erotic fascination driving his urge to self destruction. But Theo, while not "getting better" does learn how to exist within his limitations.

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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


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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.

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