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Perv-A Love Storyby Jerry Stahl
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Set in 1970, in the last, dark days of hippiedom, Perv — A Love Story is the saga of Bobby Stark, a sixteen-year-old batch of desire and angst struggling to stay sane in a world gone Day-Glo.
As the novel opens, Bobby loses his virginity in a drug-addled tryst with a one-armed barber's daughter. For his sins he's thrown out of school and dispatched to live with his mom, a festive electro shock aficionado, whose condo he flees to track down Michelle, the gorgeously damaged, lasped Hare Krishna-ette he's adored since kindergarten.
Like the rest of their generation, the couple hit the road for California, only to be picked up in a hell-fueled Lincoln by a pair of Bad Hippies — Meat and Varnish — smacked-out spiritual cousins to Charles Manson. From here the trip gets vicious....
Already an underground classic, Perv-A Love Story is relentlessly twisted, sexy, and savagely funny literary excursion, a novel of doomed youth in the era when Flower Power had begun to wilt.
About the Author
Jerry Stahl has written for GQ, Village Voice, Esquire, and Hustler, among many others, as well as film and television, and is the author of the acclaimed memoir Permanent Midnight, which chronicled his drug addiction and was made into a film starring Ben Stiller. Perv is his first novel.
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