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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Review: Happy BabyUser 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