The Child

The Child

The Child Acclaimed author Sarah Schulman Rat Bohemia Shimmer returns with an absorbing novel about a teenager convicted of murder after seeing his online lover charged with pedophilia Structured like a classi

  • Title: The Child
  • Author: Sarah Schulman
  • ISBN: 9780786718665
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Acclaimed author Sarah Schulman Rat Bohemia, Shimmer returns with an absorbing novel about a teenager convicted of murder after seeing his online lover charged with pedophilia Structured like a classic novel of legal suspense, The Child explores what happens when Stew, a lonely fifteen year old boy, looks for and finds an adult boyfriend online In short order his loverAcclaimed author Sarah Schulman Rat Bohemia, Shimmer returns with an absorbing novel about a teenager convicted of murder after seeing his online lover charged with pedophilia Structured like a classic novel of legal suspense, The Child explores what happens when Stew, a lonely fifteen year old boy, looks for and finds an adult boyfriend online In short order his lover is arrested in an Internet pedophilia sting and Stew s world is turned upside down He s exposed to his family and community, leaving the outcast to fend for himself against forces intent on his destruction Desperate and enraged, the confused Stew murders his nephew in a panic Schulman s novel considers the impact of these events on all those involved from the parents of the murdered child, to Stew s staunchly Catholic parents, and the attorneys working on his case Carefully untangling the actions of an isolated teenager denied a natural outlet for his feelings during a critical time in his life, The Child is a haunting meditation on isolation and the prejudices of culture and family.

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    Sarah Schulman is a great thinker. She writes about what is missing - those things which exist but are unacknowledged. Right away in the opening pages she has referred to omitted history - the Dalkon Shield, the fact that Chelsea used to be a Puerto Rican neighborhood. One point she makes in the book is that a play (or other creative work) does not have to have a single character as its focus, as the one person everyone who reads it identifies with. When writing a book report, one could say this [...]

    Somehow Sarah managed to write her funniest book about her most difficult and controversial subject matter. I'd long wanted to read this book, as someone who was frequently a 'Stew' as a disaffected gay teen in the early 2000s, and was not disappointed. This novel is what happens when you take one of Dennis Cooper's boys and plug them into real life - and just like in Dennis Cooper's novels: adults are rarely out to help anyone but themselves. Sarah's writing injects moments of surprising humour [...]

    The Child is one of the more depressing books I've ever read - it is an encyclopedic narrative of the ways in which social and internalized homophobia can dismantle a queer persons world. The writing is very physical as well, sometimes it seems overbearing or tiring with how explicit it is, however Schulman is a talented writer and the degree to which she is able to make you feel anxious as a reader is obviously intentional and appropriate for the content. The other reviews I've read have talked [...]

    It's a book I can't stop thinking about. The complexity built between and behind certain characters--and not others--was unexpected. The potentially volitle plotline ended up instead being neutral, a thin veil draped around a much richer thematic experience. Bravo.

    Schulman does a great job constructing a story but the non-ending really annoyed me. I haven't felt this cheated by a book since Peter Høeg wrote "Smilla's Sense of Snow".

    WOW WOW WOW! This one was a page-turner. Serious-minded and deeply disturbing, but there are moments of love and friendship that lighten it. Schulman's brilliant mind, her understanding of culture, social constructs, and sexuality, add a depth and intelligence to the family drama. Heartbreaking, and now more than ever, its exploration of familial homophobia and its effects is vital.

    The Child is about a gay fifteen-year old named Stew. Stew travels to Manhattan in order to meet up with an adult gay couple, David and Joe, that he met online. He has gone to their apartment a few times, and has engaged in sexual activity with them while there. Stew then propositions a police officer in a public restroom, and his world comes crashing down.The officer convinces Stew to turn in David and Joe through deception. David and Joe are arrested, and because David has a prior conviction, [...]

    This is probably, hands down, one of the worst books I have ever read. I feel like she was writing things just for shock value that held no bearing to the story whatsoever. If it would have stuck to the story of Stew and his unbecoming it wouldn't have been so bad. But the whole Eva/ mary/ hockey bit was just dribble. It focused more on Them than what was supposed to be the plot. Eva's poor- me pitiful ramblings made zero sense and she was clinging to mary like a child with a blankie. I felt lik [...]

    The Child is bold and ambitious in its politics, but fails as a story. For a novel originally written in 1999 (pre-9/11), its critiques of contemporary sexual panic, our assumptions about intergenerational relationships, and queer youth are prescient, but Schulman’s two plotlines fail to go anywhere or intersect in any meaningful way. In the first storyline, the main character, Stew, is a fifteen-year-old boy who is outed to his family when his much older boyfriend is arrested during a sting. [...]

    I am always blown away by Sarah Schulman. Her observations about her characters and their observations about each other are so clear and so right-on that it sort of amaze you to read them. It's almost like she knows exactly how to find and describe thoughts that most of us keep hidden in the basements of our minds--locked away from even ourselves--and she just pours them out and into her characters. The relationship between Mary and Eva was particularly well done, the internal monologue that Ste [...]

    How did I miss this book years ago? The writing is stylized and smart and perfect for the storyline - it is so easy to trust Schulman right from the start. And the ending is not overwritten - my most often complaint with most novels. But most disturbing and important is the difficulty she had publishing this book. It was ready for publication in 1999 but not published until 2007. There is sex between a young boy and an adult man at the start of the book, and while this sets the plot in motion Sc [...]

    This book touches on some very controversial topics, such as the relationship between the teenage boy and the male adult. The author deals with major issues such as homophobia in a way that is exceptionally precise and not the least bit overdone. The thing that struck me the most about this book was the way the author managed to depict the lack of communication in a family and the frustration and confusion inherent to miscommunication. It was done absolutely perfect. The characters were interest [...]

    This is a pretty wrenching book about what happens when a teenage gay boy and his adult boyfriends are caught, the adult boyfriends get in serious trouble, and the teenage boy's family turns on him in a major way. The concurrent plot centers around the lawyer who takes on the adult boyfriend's case, and her relationship with her girlfriend. Both plots are equally gripping. Clearly, Sarah Schulman has no problem updating her depressing-things-happen-to-gay-people style for the 2000s. Warning- som [...]

    While some of the consensual-sex/pedophilia subject-matter may be objectionable to readers, the author clearly makes the case that some laws cannot be FAIRLY applied in a cut-and dried fashion. The author's viewpoint is brave and well reasoned.This book is not for the faint-of-heart, but I believe intrepid, logical thinkers will gain something from reading the story.

    The reason why I started reading this book was because I thought it would have a psychological insight or maybe tackle the whole "Why aren't you more like me and how can I force you to become so without being perceived as a monster?"It was an OKAY book. Nothing magical, and i didn't really feel the "disgusting and sick" part that a lot of reviews mentioned.

    I still don't know how this book didn't win the Pulitzer and everything else for its year. It is, among other things, a devastating critique of our myriad hypocrisies around children, their innocence and eroticism.

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