|aTales of the Madman Underground : |b(an historical romance 1973) / |cJohn Barnes.
|aNew York : |bViking, |c2009
|a532 p. ; |c22 cm.
|aIn September 1973, as the school year begins in his depressed Ohio town, high-school senior Kurt Shoemaker determines to be "normal," despite his chaotic home life with his volatile, alcoholic mother and the deep loyalty and affection he has for his friends in the therapy group dubbed the Madman Underground.
Forced to be a member of a group that must attend therapy during school hours, Karl is determined to make his senior year his best and so decides to act 'normal' in order to break free from the routine, but between his many jobs and his crazy life at home, Karl begins to think that he may never be able to even grasp the concept--let alone be it.