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A Life Without Consequences [Paperback]

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A Life Without Consequences is a semi-biographical novel from emerging author Stephen Elliott. His novel traces the fate of Paul, a boy whose mother has died and who runs away from a violent father. The book follows Paul from living on the streets of Chicago to passing through juvenile institutions and a state system that is primarily programmed for failure. There, he meets Tanya and they fall in love but they are young and are separated after a failed attempt to escape the institution. Paul battles through the violent system all the while battling his own rapidly budding adolescence. But as he turns sixteen he starts to come to terms with his own path, not as an adult, but as a scared child and we see that Paul's emotions that we think of as anger are actually the determination to take control of his future. While the characters are fictional, they are representative of many and we realize the fragility of childhood and the burden on the children who have nowhere else to go.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  1931561192  
ISBN13  9781931561198  

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More About Stephen Elliott

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen Elliott is the author of four novels, including A Life Without Consequences and What It Means To Love You.

His new novel will be co-published by MacAdam/Cage and McSweeney's in February 2003. His writing appears regularly in GQ, McSweeney's, and The Sun. He is the Marshall McCall Lecturer at Stanford University.

His writing can be found at

Stephen Elliott currently resides in San Francisco.

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Great Novel  Mar 10, 2006
Not for the weak of heart, this book is a fascinating read. I'm excited to read the next books in the series.
An eye opener  Aug 30, 2003
As a new social worker on the streets and in the homes of children from all different backgrounds, I found this book to be an "eye awakening" story of a child's place in this world. Stephen Elliott suffered more than any child should ever have to suffer and against all odds, got his life together. This book should inspire all who work with disadvantaged, abused and neglected children to continue to wake up daily and try to make a difference. This book inspires me...
An important book and a story well told  Mar 24, 2002
Elliott has an important story and a voice that can tell it. I'm a former runaway, now working with poor kids--- and it's gratifying to hear somebody tell the story that so many children are living. He gives a human face to a huge social problem. I recommend this to anyone who works with kids or cares about our future.
This is a great book.  Mar 15, 2002
"A Life Without Consequence" is one of the best books I've read this year. It's a quick, satisfying read, touching and poignant, but never overly sentimental or maudlin. What I liked most about the book is that it tells an interesting and compelling story of a boy's life while also providing an intimate look into the world of homeless and group home children. Though the subject is at times heavy, reading this book is a pleasure.
Brave and powerful  Mar 2, 2002
A fast-paced account of a boys search for love and belonging on the gritty streets of Chicago. He survives abuse by his father and the death of his mother. Follow him through his struggles in mental institutions and group homes where he meets others like him as he becomes determined to not end up another tragedy.
He brilliantly captures the voice of kids growing up with everything stacked against them.

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