Happy Mutant Baby Pills: A Novel

Paperback | November 5, 2013

byJerry Stahl

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Lloyd has a particular set of skills. He writes the small print for prescription drugs, marital aids, and incontinence products. The clients present him with a list of possible side effects. His job is "to recite and minimize"—sometimes by just saying them really fast and other times by finding the language that can render them acceptable. The results are ingenious. The methods diabolical.

Lloyd has a habit, too. He cops smack during coffee breaks at his new job writing copy for Christian Swingles, an online dating service for the faithful. He finds a precarious balance between hackwork and heroin until he encounters Nora, a mysterious and troubled young woman, a Sylvia Plath with tattoos and implants, who asks for his help.

Lloyd falls swiftly in love, but Nora bestows her affections at a cost. Before Lloyd clears his head from the fog of romance, he finds himself complicit in Nora's grand scheme to horrify the world and exact revenge on those who poison the populace in order to sell them the cure.

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Lloyd has a particular set of skills. He writes the small print for prescription drugs, marital aids, and incontinence products. The clients present him with a list of possible side effects. His job is "to recite and minimize"—sometimes by just saying them really fast and other times by finding the language that can render them accepta...

Jerry Stahl is the author of the narcotic memoirPermanent Midnight and Perv—a Love Story, bothLos Angeles Timesbestsellers, as well as the acclaimed novelsPain Killers,Plainclothes Naked, andI, Fatty. He has written extensively for film and television.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061990507

ISBN - 13:9780061990502

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“With read-aloud quality prose and characters we can’t look away from, Happy Mutant Baby Pills is a deeply disturbing, deeply funny look at a society desperately in need of assistance.”