The Bewildered

(Fiction; MacAdam/Cage, 2005)

Maybe the adolescents of Peter Rock’s fourth novel are searching with the same everyday, garden-variety teenage resentment for a world less ordinary than the one breaking before them as they near the end of their high school years in Portland, Oregon. Then again, maybe their search is slightly more authentic, their intention just a bit truer, which is why they come to discover the people they’ve been looking for. A separate breed with a common lust, “the affected” have been electrocuted almost to death.

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