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From poet Joe Wenderoth comes one of the strangest epistolary books in years. Letters to Wendy's is a disturbing, hilarious, and even philosophical journey into a weirdo's mind.
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Publisher Comments:

Outrageous, brilliant and tragic, the genre-bending novel Letters to Wendy's was written over the course of a year on comment cards from a Wendy's restaurant. Through the letters, the book traces a year in the life and thoughts of an unnamed narrator obsessed not only by Biggies and Frosties, but also by consumerism, pornography and mortality.

Synopsis:

Prose. "Letters to Wendy's", which was excerpted for the Readings section of Harper's in March 2001, has generated the kind of anticipation rare for a small press book. Reminiscent in its humor and transgressiveness of James Tate, "Letters to Wendy's" takes the form of a young man's daily odes to Wendy's fast-food paradise.

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Cult favorite Letters to Wendy's has sold thousands of copies through web, direct and special orders, and will appeal to a wide variety of readers at independent and chain stores.

Synopsis:

Fiction. LETTERS TO WENDY'S, which was excerpted for the Readings section of Harper's in March 2001, has generated the kind of anticipation rare for a small press book. Reminiscent in its humor and transgressiveness of James Tate, LETTERS TO WENDY'S takes the form of a young man's daily odes to Wendy's fast-food paradise. I was so high on Sudafed and whiskey today that I couldn't eat. I got a Coke — actually five Cokes, as I could refill for free. It's times like this — dehydrated, exhausted, unable to imagine home — that your plastic seats, your quiet understandable room, set beside but not quite overlooking the source of real value, offer me a tragedy small enough to want to endure. SPD also carries Wenderoth's Wesleyan book IT IS IF I SPEAK.

Description:

The prose in this volume, the first of Verse Magazine's book publishing venture, were written on the "tell us about your visit" response cards available from Wendy's fast-food restaurants. Much of the subject matter concerns sexuality and the body. Many of the poems were published on Nerve.com.

About the Author

JOE WENDEROTH is the author of two poetry collections, Disfortune (1995) and It Is If I Speak (2000), both published by Wesleyan University Press. He teaches at the University of California, Davis.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780970367204
Author:
Wenderoth, Joe
Publisher:
Wave Books
Author:
Wenderoth, Joe
Location:
Athens, GA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 57
Publication Date:
December 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
6.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 296 pages Verse Press - English 9780970367204 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

From poet Joe Wenderoth comes one of the strangest epistolary books in years. Letters to Wendy's is a disturbing, hilarious, and even philosophical journey into a weirdo's mind.

"Synopsis" by , Prose. "Letters to Wendy's", which was excerpted for the Readings section of Harper's in March 2001, has generated the kind of anticipation rare for a small press book. Reminiscent in its humor and transgressiveness of James Tate, "Letters to Wendy's" takes the form of a young man's daily odes to Wendy's fast-food paradise.
"Synopsis" by ,
Cult favorite Letters to Wendy's has sold thousands of copies through web, direct and special orders, and will appeal to a wide variety of readers at independent and chain stores.
"Synopsis" by , Fiction. LETTERS TO WENDY'S, which was excerpted for the Readings section of Harper's in March 2001, has generated the kind of anticipation rare for a small press book. Reminiscent in its humor and transgressiveness of James Tate, LETTERS TO WENDY'S takes the form of a young man's daily odes to Wendy's fast-food paradise. I was so high on Sudafed and whiskey today that I couldn't eat. I got a Coke — actually five Cokes, as I could refill for free. It's times like this — dehydrated, exhausted, unable to imagine home — that your plastic seats, your quiet understandable room, set beside but not quite overlooking the source of real value, offer me a tragedy small enough to want to endure. SPD also carries Wenderoth's Wesleyan book IT IS IF I SPEAK.
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