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What It Means to Love You

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Following the release of his first novel, A Life Without Consequences, (MacAdam/Cage Fall 2001), Stephen Elliott returns with his second book, What It Means to Love You, the story of Anthony, Brooke, and Lance, three Chicago sex workers whose lives are interlinked as they travel the underworld that is Halstead Street.
Anthony, at thirty-four, finds himself stripping on the
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Hardcover, 145 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by MacAdam/Cage Publishing
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Mary
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2012
This is the second book I've read from Stephen Elliot and it's definitely his style to be so minimalistic that you plow through the pages quickly as the characters spiral down down down...and it's dirty and ugly and beautiful....

I know Elliot wants us to feel the lack of feeling in his characters. That's the point. The three characters - prostitutes and strippers - are jaded and hardened and that's the way the story is written. He wanted us to see how numb they had become, these broken people wi
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Anna Klein
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
The place: Halsted Street, Chicago. The people: Anthony, 34, a stripper. Lance, 27, also a stripper. And Brooke, Lance's 17-year-old girlfriend, a call girl. Both men appear on brightly lit stages at night, battling their fleeting youth while struggling to survive. Lance has been in prison (and he's a little bit mad). Lance has killed (see the blue teardrops tattooed under his eye). Anthony is also violent, but in a more subtle, internal way. As for Brooke ... she's a runaway but she still looks ...more
Steph
Feb 06, 2009 rated it liked it
This is that guy who hugged me at the book signing last year. I adore him. This is an older piece of short fiction; it was okay, a little gritty (in a good way) but I couldn't get as involved with the characters as I did in his others. Perhaps this book was a good starting jog for the great run of fiction he was to publish later in his life.
Jessica Simpson
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really quick read, very raw and emotionally saturated. I loved it.
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Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love everything Stephen Elliott writes.
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Stephen Elliott is the author of seven books including Happy Baby, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award, as well as a Best Book of 2004 in Salon.com, Newsday, Chicago New City, Journal News, and Village Voice. Elliott's writing has been featured in Esquire, The New York Times, GQ, Best American Non-Required Reading 2005 & 2007, Best American Erotica, and Best Sex Writ ...more
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