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Happy Baby by Stephen Elliott
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Feb 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-lit
Read in February, 2010

Perfectly told story, in reverse, of how a 30 something year old man finds himself living as a submissive to a dominatrix in San Francisco. To matter-of-factly provide details that you know will appall many readers is not that hard a trick. Elliott's skill is to draw you into what comes to seem an inevitable progression of experiences, with the reverse narrative providing you what amounts to a strange sort of foreknowledge of his past.
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