Punkzilla

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2010
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An award-winning writer and playwright hits the open road for a searing novel-in-letters about a street kid on a highstakes trek across America.

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 all -- from 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 Punkzilla’s journey grows more urgent: will he make it to Tennessee in time? This daring novel offers a narrative worthy of Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.

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9780763652586
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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 all — from 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 Punkzilla's journey grows more urgent: will he make it to Tennessee in time? This daring novel offers a narrative worthy of Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.

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subject_facetBildungsromans
Brothers
Brothers -- Fiction
Bus travel -- Fiction
Cancer patients -- Fiction
Death & Dying
Death & Dying -- Social Situations
Domestic fiction
Drug abuse -- Fiction
Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse -- Social Situations
Electronic books
Fiction
Memphis (Tenn.) -- Fiction
Memphis, (Tenn.) -- Fiction
Methamphetamine abuse
Methamphetamine abuse -- Fiction
Oregon -- Fiction
Portland (Or.) -- Fiction
Portland, (Or.) -- Fiction
Runaway teenage boys -- Fiction
Runaway teenagers
Runaway teenagers -- Fiction
Runaways
Runaways -- Fiction
Runaways -- Social Situations
Tennessee -- Fiction
Thieves -- Fiction
title_displayPunkzilla
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Punkzilla / Adam Rapp
Punkzilla [electronic resource] / Adam Rapp
Punkzilla [electronic resource] Rapp, Adam.
title_shortPunkzilla
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Bus travel
Cancer patients
Death & Dying
Domestic fiction
Drug abuse
Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Electronic books
Methamphetamine abuse
Runaway teenage boys
Runaway teenagers
Runaways
Thieves
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Literature