Wild Child is a novel about a hippie girl with an extraordinary ability. She can play guitar like Jimi Hendrix and sing like Janis Joplin. But her ability goes much deeper, into the mysterious landscape of creative genius and madness, of a unique mind that cannot and will not be normal.

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By |December 5th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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By |November 27th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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By |November 24th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

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By |November 22nd, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

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By |November 19th, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

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Stonefield: Yes Master

By |November 18th, 2011|Tags: , , |

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