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Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Notby Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello
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Now in paperback, a hilarious, satirical look at a small town on the verge of extinction, from the comedic team behind Strangers with Candy.
In his desperate search for a small town dying in America, intrepid journalist Russell 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 searching for the salt of the earth. Instead he finds a town in crisis. Why? State Representative Bill Farber wants to tear down the Bulkwaller Dam, thereby flooding the town. Will Russell Hokes save the town? Is Wigfield merely posing as a town to collect federal disaster relief? Won't you please buy this book?
"To me, Wigfield is a deeply funny, refreshingly original book, but to be fair, it is the first book I've ever read." Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
"The creators of the darkly comic Strangers with Candy have unleashed their disturbed point of view on the world of literary journalism. It's fast, it's funny and it has pictures!" Sarah Jessica Parker
"A seriously funny novel." Esquire
"[U]nlike anything the genre of humorous fiction has seen before....The book is one of those rare works of satire that combine creative form, uproariously funny text and a painfully sharp underpinning of social criticism." Publishers Weekly
"A sophomoric, illustrated send-up of scams, scammers, and scam-ees, this scathing, silly, sardonic satire is as caustic as the toxic dump on which Wigfield lies." Booklist
Now in paperback comes a hilarious, satirical look at a small town on the verge of extinction, from the comedic team behind Strangers with Candy. 22 photos throughout.
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. & nbsp; 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. & nbsp; And why is this town in crisis? State Representative Bill Farber wants to tear down te 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. Will Russell Hokes save the town? Is Wigfield merely posing as a town in order to collect federal disaster relief? Won???t you please buy this book?
About 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 former writer and correspondent on the Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show and current host of the Emmy-nominated The Colbert Report.
In addition to television work, Dinello and Colbert are successful screenwriters. They currently reside together on an organic date farm on the Tunisian coast.
Todd Oldham is a New York-based designer and photographer.
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