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Reminiscent of works by Carl Hiaasen and Christopher Buckley, this debut novel by Harry Shearer (a former writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live and an actor in cult-classic mockumentaries like This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind) is a comically caustic cautionary tale about the residents of a dying Upstate New York town and their desperate quest to redefine the American Dream.
Blending political satire and pop culture parody with -- strangely enough -- elements of crime fiction, the plot of Not Enough Indians is as unlikely as it is hilarious. The fictional town of Gammage, New York, is eerily similar to countless rural communities in the northeastern United States. Hit by corporate downsizing, outsourcing, factory closures, etc., the citizens of Gammage know they're in desperate straits. Wal-Mart won't even consider opening a store there! But when smooth-talking town official Dick Dirigian fatefully meets Las Vegas hustler/real estate developer Tony Silotta, a plan to save Gammage is formulated -- a scheme so outlandish it just might work! With officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs under a mandate to be more "Indian-friendly" and begin officially acknowledging the more than 200 unrecognized Native American tribes, Dirigian and Silotta get the townspeople of Gammage to petition for tribal reservation status. Once they are recognized as the long-extinct Filaquonsetts, they can open up a casino and start raking in the cash. But being the site of the world's largest Indian casino comes with some unexpected drawbacks…
Featuring ruthless organized crime thugs, disingenuous politicians, unscrupulous town officials, and even an NHL expansion team called the Scalpers, Not Enough Indians is sure to provide endless fodder for fans of political satire. Paul Goat Allen