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Writing like a possessed angel, first-novelist Beachy dreams up the adventures of a male Alice who encounters a 1980s America every bit as darkly bizarre and hilarious as Lewis Carrolls Victorian wonderland. A hypnotic, unshakable, painfully funny vision of America by a word-drunk writer. Kirkus Reviews (starred)In this electric on-the-road novel, orphan-hero Matt hitchhikes across the surreal landscape of America in the 80s. Searching for the lost bliss of childhood he falls in withand longs forthe dangerously beautiful but amoral Jimmy, a fellow orphan. As they crisscross the country, encountering homeless rock stars, suicidal teenagers, Jesus freaks, and other souls on the edge, Matt moves toward adulthood and his own sexual identity. Stephen Beachy, awarded a James Michener Grant from the Iowa Writers Workshop, now lives in San Francisco and is at work on another novel.