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Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott

Happy Baby

by Stephen Elliott

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36-year-old Theo returns to Chicago after many years to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Maria - the starting point to a trip backward in time through Theo's more than difficult upbringing. In short scenes we move from the unhappy submissive adult Theo has become to the happy baby he used to be.

Happy Baby is a difficult book because it tells such a difficult story. And while I appreciated much about it, it didn't quiet reach me in a way it could have.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.com/2017/05/11/happy-baby-stephen-elliott/ ( )
  kalafudra | Sep 2, 2017 |
Far better than "A Boy Called It". Mr. Elliott tells his story with dignity and courage. I'll never forget the scene where he follows his childhood tormenter on the bus. I still get chills remembering how that encounter ends. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Theo is put into care aged 13 and brutally treated and sexually abused by Mr. Gracie, his caseworker, who protects him from other physical abuse. ( )
  TonySandel | Sep 15, 2007 |
Masochism as negotiation with past abuse. ( )
  NativeRoses | Mar 3, 2007 |
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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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"After nearly being killed by both a hired hit man and her former secretary, Agatha Raisin could use some low-key cases. So when Robert Smedley walks through the door, determined to prove that his wife is cheating, Raisin Investigations immediately offers to help. Trouble is, Agatha hates divorce cases - especially when the client is as pompous as Smedley - but she has a business to run and she's not about to turn away a paying customer. Unfortunately for Agatha, Mabel Smedley appears to be the perfect wife - young and pretty and a regular volunteer at church." "Although Smedley's case doesn't look promising, Agatha's attentions are diverted when she stumbles across the body of missing teenager Jessica Bradley. In a sudden gesture of kindness (and good public relations), Agatha offers to investigate Jessica's death free of charge."."Agatha's two biggest cases are turned upside down when Robert Smedley is poisoned. The prime suspect, his sainted wife, Mabel, immediately hires Agatha to find the real killer." "With the help of her old friend Sir Charles Fraith and some newly hired staff, Agatha Raisin sets off on another crime-solving adventure in the English Cotswolds."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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