"Hairstyles of the Damned is an honest and affectionate depiction of wanting to belong, but never quite belonging. Joe Meno's pitch-perfect prose illuminates the tumultuous realities of American adolescence, the disintegration of the modern family, and the way a mistake can change a person's life. Following the riotous exploits of Brian, a Catholic school malcontent, and his best friend Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling, this work of fiction pursues the truth in discovering what it means to develop your own identity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Hairstylesis an honest depiction of growing up punk on Chicago's south side: a study in the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism and class repression. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling.

Joe Meno won the 2003 Nelson Algren Literary Award and is the author of Tender as Hellfire(St. Martin's, 1999) and How the Hula Girl Sings(HarperCollins, 2001). His online fictional serial, The Secret Hand, is published through Playboy Magazine. His short fiction has been published in TriQuarterly, Bridge, Other Voices Washington Square, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. He lives in Chicago, and he is a columnist for Punk Planetmagazine.