A semi-autobiographical novel tracing the fate of Paul, an adolescent boy who leaves his unhappy and violent home, turning instead to a life on the streets. As he matures in his travels through juvenile institutions, he learns how to overcome his youthful angst and develop a future of his own.
Stephen Elliott grew up a ward of the court in various institutions and group homes in Chicago. He earned his Bachelors degree at the Univeristy of Illinois and a Masters degree from Northwestern Univeristy. He has worked as a stripper, a cabdriver, a bartender, and a law school admissions consultant. Stephen Elliott is the Truman Capote Fellow in the Wallace Stegner Creative Writing Program at Stanford University. Stephen Elliott's writing can be found at stephenelliott.com.
“…an impressive debut, a promising work of fiction and an eloquent expression of life as few people are unlucky enough to know it.”
— Publisher’s Weekly
Publication Date: October 15, 2002
trim size: 6 x 9