Shades of Luz is a modern day Don Quixote, a picaresque rich in characters searching for love and meaning in an otherwsie manic-paced world. Grad school dropout Benny Fluke is a philosopher, monkey-trainer, wine snob, and a strip club connoisseur. Above and beyond all that he is a romantic at heart and is desperate to win the love of Luz, the hot-blooded, ambitious beauty who keeps boomeranging into his life. Something from Luz's past inextricably bonds them together, and Benny will not stop until she is his. Their delightful repartee is crisp, witty, and sumptuously engaging. Never before in the history of literature has a stuffed animal vendor risen the ranks to become thumb-wrestling champ. But, will he get the girl?