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For a runaway boy who goes by the name Punkzilla kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Portland Oregon is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting with his older brother a gay man dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels dicey bus stations and hitched rides the desperate fourteen-year-old meets a colorful sometimes dangerous cast of characters. And in letters to his sibling he catalogs them allfrom an abusive stranger and a ghostly girl to a kind transsexual and an old woman with an oozing eye. The language is raw and revealing crackling with visceral details and dark humor yet with each interstate exit Punkzillas journey grows more urgent; will he make it to Tennessee in time? Told in epistolary style this daring novel offers a narrative worthy of Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.

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