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What It Means to Love You

Elliott, Stephen

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ISBN 10: 1931561184 / ISBN 13: 9781931561181
Published by Macadam Cage Pub, 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed. First Edition. First editon. Inscribed simply "Mel," [for Mel Waggoner] and signed by the author. Fine copy in fine dust jacket in a mylar protector. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program "Profiles" which interviewed authors. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000087432

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Title: What It Means to Love You

Publisher: Macadam Cage Pub

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In the underworld of Chicago's Halsted Street, a red-light district littered with the homeless, runaways, and the lost, three lives converge in an explosive triangle of love, revenge, and betrayal.
Lance, a brutal addict in love with Brooke, a seventeen-year-old prostitute, trades on his beauty in male strip clubs to support his habit. Anthony, whose motives for dancing are more complex, but equally self-destructive, offers Brooke a way out of her life on the street - but is not sure he can leave himself. In confronting each other, the two men must confront the demons which have driven them to Brooke, the street, and each other.

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Blearily fatalistic and oddly elegiac, this second novel by Elliott (A Life Without Consequences) tells the story of two strippers and a call girl who roam grimy Halsted Street on Chicago's dark underside. Anthony, 34, still dances for a living, but is slowly losing his grip on street life as he grows older. Beautiful, unbalanced 27-year-old Lance has blue teardrops tattooed under his eyes to indicate how many men he has killed, but is helplessly in love with 17-year-old Brooke, who looks like a schoolgirl and secretly dreams of seducing the father she left behind in Michigan. Anthony observes Brooke and Lance's relationship from a distance while slowly becoming more enmeshed in their lives. As the novel builds to a climax, Lance teeters on the brink of madness, Anthony gradually begins to make a respectable life for himself and Brooke returns to Michigan to settle things with her father. The Chicago descriptions are grittily real, but the affectless present-tense prose ("Anthony looks up at Lance's smiling face. He knows Lance") grows monotonous. All Elliott's characters are cut off from their feelings, each of them a step away from disaster, and the story's conclusion is predictably brutal and unemotional. Elliott's history he has worked as a stripper himself and grew up in Chicago gives the novel the stamp of authenticity, but the listlessness of his characters keeps the narrative at a perpetual low ebb.
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