by Nichole, December 9, 2008 9:48 AM
I momentarily resisted reading Happy Baby simply (unreasonably) because of the J. T. LeRoy epigraph. LeRoy has since been outed as a particularly egregious literary fraud, and yet LeRoy's observation resonates deeply with me ? was it Picasso who said that "art is a lie that makes us realize truth"? Happy Baby is an intelligent, engaging, sharply written novel that slides backward in time ? into the brutality and heartbreak that childhood is for too many people.