Happy Baby

Happy Baby

  • Electronic book text
By (author) 

List price: US$16.65

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

'Happy Baby is surely the most intelligent and beautiful book ever written about juvenile detention centers, sadomasochism and drugs . . . Heartbreaking' New York Times Book Review HAPPY BABY is the story of Theo, once the eponymous happy baby, but later an orphan in foster care and now a grown man living in California. Haunted by memories of neglect, abandonment and abuse, Theo returns to Chicago where he lived as a troubled adolescent, to track down an old girlfriend. Told in reverse order, this is an edgy and powerful novel, chilling in its portrayal of a life slowly yet systematically disintegrating. 'Telling his story backward . . . is a graceful strategy that gives Happy Baby its unique veracity and humane edge. It also allows the narrative to transcend the shocking details of Theo's life, which Elliott reveals in quick verbal jabs that pepper his otherwise tightly wound prose' Village Voiceshow more

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Pan MacMillan
  • PICADOR
  • United Kingdom
  • 0330542540
  • 9780330542548

About Stephen Elliott

Biographies Born in the UK, Stephen Elliott now lives in San Francisco and lectures at Stanford. He was a Ward of the State of Illinois between the ages of thirteen and eighteen. This is his fourth novel.show more

Review quote

'Happy Baby is surely the most intelligent and beautiful book ever written about juvenile detention centers, sadomasochism and drugs . . . Heartbreaking' New York Times Book Reviewshow more