Books by Stephen Elliott

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Deserves a place on the shelf next to such classics of uninhibited American introspection as On the Road and A Fan's Notes."
An endlessly fascinating memoir by a profoundly courageous writer. Read full book review >
SEX FOR AMERICA by Stephen Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"More fun to talk about than to read."
A collection of stories and cartoons about the intersection of sex and politics. Read full book review >
MY GIRLFRIEND COMES TO THE CITY AND BEATS ME UP by Stephen Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2006

"The narrator's callowness undercuts the sophistication of his topic."
Tired collection of S&M stories—hardly a slap, much less a tickle, in the bunch. Read full book review >
HAPPY BABY by Stephen Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2004

"Grimly deterministic, but intermittently powerful. "
Episodes from the life of a man damaged by sexual abuse and other mischief during seven years in Chicago's state-run juvenile institutions. Read full book review >
POLITICALLY INSPIRED by Stephen Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2003

"A superb collection, without a single dud. Grab it."
September 11, the War on Terror, the invasion of Iraq . . . . Why not explore our new reality through fiction, the truest gauge of the national psyche? That was Elliott's bright idea. And the result? A deeply impressive collection of 26 previously unpublished stories. Read full book review >
WHAT IT MEANS TO LOVE YOU by Stephen Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Crackling with authenticity even as it overflows with despair: this isn't easy reading, but the raw power on its pages can't be denied."
Three characters in search of a life while on the skids in Chicago form the core of Elliott's graphic and grim second outing, based in part, like his Life Without Consequences (2001), on the author's own downtrodden youth in that city. Read full book review >
A LIFE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES by Stephen Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"As fiction, it's desultory; as memoir, though fascinating and sad, it makes the reader wish for the shaping of a novel."
A slim and bleak coming-of-age debut, set during the 1980s among orphans in Chicago. Read full book review >