Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not

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Overview

"Russell Hokes is a man with a mission. If he ever hopes to be paid on his book contract, he's got 50,000 words to deliver. The subject: the dying small towns of America. In his desperate search for a small town dying in America, Hokes stumbles upon a quarter-mile stretch of concrete and gravel dotted with strip clubs and used auto parts shops." "Welcome to Wigfield. Population: vague. Upon his arrival, Russell Hokes wanders the streets of Wigfield searching for the salt-of-the-earth folks who have made this country great. Instead he finds: three ...
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Overview

"Russell Hokes is a man with a mission. If he ever hopes to be paid on his book contract, he's got 50,000 words to deliver. The subject: the dying small towns of America. In his desperate search for a small town dying in America, Hokes stumbles upon a quarter-mile stretch of concrete and gravel dotted with strip clubs and used auto parts shops." "Welcome to Wigfield. Population: vague. Upon his arrival, Russell Hokes wanders the streets of Wigfield searching for the salt-of-the-earth folks who have made this country great. Instead he finds: three self-declared mayors; High Priestess Thea and her life partner du jour, Amythys; as well as Mae Ella Padgett and Dottie Fore, both well into their late forties and competing for the title of oldest person in town; and a menagerie of other proud Wigfieldians." And why is this town in crisis? State Representative Bill Farber wants to tear down the Bulkwaller Dam, thereby flooding the town. According to Farber and all available facts, the dam is an ecological disaster. For the residents of Wigfield, it's now a race against the clock, and for Russell, it's a race for his paycheck.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A bizarrely entertaining piece of social satire.
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The book seems to have been written as an audio book recording and then transcribed to a book, which is why the audio book is so superb. The authors really bring the characters to life, using different accents for each one. - Blogcritics
Blogcritics
The book seems to have been written as an audio book recording and then transcribed to a book, which is why the audio book is so superb. The authors really bring the characters to life, using different accents for each one. - Blogcritics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641681011
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/7/2003
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert met at Chicago's Second City and have been collaborators ever since. They have developed two separate series for Comedy Central: Exit 57, and Comedy Central's first live action series, Strangers with Candy. Amy Sedaris is one half of the "Talent Family"-the other half is David Sedaris—and together they have collaborated on eight plays, including the Obie Award-winning One Woman Shoe. Stephen Colbert is a writer and correspondent on the Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show. In addition to TV work, Dinello and Colbert are successful screenwriters. They all currently reside together on an organic date farm on the Tunisian coast.

Todd Oldham is a well-known designer and photographer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2006

    Making podunk towns look like Paris...

    This book killed me! I've read, re-read, and re-re-read this book, and I still love it. The not-so-subtle humor, hidden under double entendres, or sometimes, flat out statement kept me in stitches. Not to mention the fact that the comedic minds behind Strangers with Candy are behind this work. Kudos!

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