by Alan Venable
Of all the strange critters emerging from rusty, post-war Pittsburgh soil, whose reverence for Jimmy Doolittle’s Raiders and the 1950 bullet-nosed Studebaker ran deeper than Martin Badger’s? Yet whose coming of age had turned crueler than Marty’s? Whose bodily parts more rebellious? Whose eighth-grade classmates more annoying? Whose music further out of step? Whose sense of wonder more perplexed? Misdeeds more delinquent? Love more remote? That is, whose not counting Russo, his hapless sixteen-year-old, eighth grade buddy?
A rich, humorous portrait of coming of age in post-war Western Pennsylvania.
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