When 14-year-old Leonard decides to quit being a Dweeb and instead joins the Burnouts, his "good boy" persona is abandoned as he embarks on a comically painful journey of self-discovery through an unconventional friendship with Rick, an older Jesus-freak barefoot hippie. Growing up in the 1970s has never before been portrayed with such delightful ludicrousness and heartrending tenderness.
Alvin Orloff, a California native, began writing as a teenager in the 1970s, a decade from which he has never fully recovered. He is the author of I Married An Earthling (Manic D), a genre and gender-bending sci-fi send up, and Gutter Boys (Manic D), a novel of decadent romance with ghosts. Orloff is also the co-author of The Unsinkable Bambi Lake, a transsexual showbiz memoir, and his short work has appeared in Pills, Chills, Thrills, and Heartache (Alyson) as well as the journal, Instant City. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.