ISBN: 9781573442558
eISBN: 9781573446242

My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up

by Stephen Elliott

This blistering new collection from literary rising star Stephen Elliott demonstrates once again why his books have been praised as "graceful," "soaring," and "fearless." As with all of Elliott's work, these stories have the raw ring of truth filtered through the author's downbeat-poetic sensibility. My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up follows the narrator on a dizzying ride through past and present, from a group home for troubled adolescents in Chicago where he loses his virginity to shooting galleries and homeless encampments in San Francisco where he searches for deeper and darker thrills. In "Other Desires," a flood of unsettling memories backgrounds the narrator's involvement with a loose-knit family of lost souls. "Tears" explores the disturbing complexities of an S/M Internet hook-up. Several of the stories feature the enigmatic Eden, the narrator's polyamorous mistress. With My Girlfriend, Elliott confirms his status as a major young writer of a kind of literary fiction that recalls the work of Genet and Bukowski.

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About the author Stephen Elliott

Stephen Elliott is the author of five books including Happy Baby, a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lion Award as well as a best book of 2004 in, Newsweek, New City Chicago, and the Village Voice. He is a contributing writer for The Believer, the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, the Village Voice, and McSweeney’s, and his work has been featured in Esquire, the New York Times,...

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