Some stories begin with happy-ever-after...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.
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.