In a small, midwestern American town called Ealing, Iowa two boys are misfits who are bored, in the way people can only be bored growing up in a small town. Modern suburban-style rural sprawl clash with high school jock politics and the underage smoking of cigarettes and drinking of beer. Smith paints a very clear picture of why you shouldn’t move to the country so your children can grow up safe… and then he takes the story on a giant bug-fuelled long walk of a short pier. It’s insane but it somehow works. An homage to Vonnegut at his best.