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From the bestselling author of Generation X and Microserfs, comes the absurd and tender story of a hard-living movie producer and a former child beauty pageant contender who only find each other by losing themselves.

Waking up in an L.A. hospital, John Johnson is amazed that it was the flu and not an overdose of five different drugs mixed with cognac that nearly killed him.
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by Vintage Canada (first published 1999)
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Fellini
Aug 27, 2011 Fellini rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fellini by: Маратовна
Маратовна, друг мой филологический сноб, говорит что Коупленд - это разбавленный Том Роббинс. Не могу с ней не согласиться: чтиво действительно увлекательное, изобилующее интересными подробностями и "вкусными" описаниями, но при том легкоусвояемое. Роман об изнанке американской мечты, о нелёгкой судьбе людей, призванных удовлетворять своей жизнью чьи-то амбиции. Невесёлой такой судьбе. Когда жизнь "как должно быть" надоедает остаётся только один выход - найти четвёртое измерение и ускользнуть в ...more
Katrice
Jun 14, 2014 Katrice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Copeland and I have to say, this is the most un-Copeland book of his I've read. It's so. . . normal. And it actually has a storyline. He actually focuses on telling a story rather then creating quirky characters or exploring a state of mind. And he does a good job. I actually want to know what's happened to both John and Susan during their "lost" periods and am rooting for them to come together in the end.
Nadra
Dec 11, 2008 Nadra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
my favorite dialog in the book. john asks twin prostitutes to become his assistants:

"Be my assistants. I need help right now."

There was a pause. Krista said, "I don't know, Mr Johnson."

"No. No. It's not a sex thing. I swear, no sex. You guys are smart and ambitious," John said.

"Is that what you look for in assistants?" Krista said.

"Fuck, yes. Smartness, hipness, alertness, greed and speed."

Krista continued: "Is this how you normally hire assistants?"

"Nahhh. What I normally do is put ads in the p
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Raych
Mar 20, 2008 Raych rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something in me that hates Douglas Coupland. Maybe it's that well-documented Canadian self-loathing that resents seeing one of our own succeed. Maybe it's because he can be too too cutesy sometimes, and it makes me throw up in my mouth a little. Maybe it's because Life After God was total quasi-philosophical crap, and it was one of three crappy books I brought on my honeymoon, making Le Coupland one-third of the reason I had to lower myself to borrowing one of the leave-a-book, take-a-bo ...more
Marti
Aug 30, 2013 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Miss Wyoming" is a light and fun read, but it still manages to touch on a few serious themes: loneliness and love, detachment and connectedness, identity and rebirth. In the first part of the book, the narrator jumps back and forth in time describing a myriad of crazy characters in unbelievable situations. At first, I didn't really get drawn into the book as I like to when reading a book like this one. Instead, I simply read one chapter at a time and then put the book down. And then when I pick ...more
Dan Phillips
Sep 27, 2013 Dan Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Another book I've been avoiding for years. I think partly because, as always seems to happen with Coupland's books, I read the description on the flap or the back and I do an internal eye-roll at all the Wackiness and Unlikeliness. I assume I'm in for an arch, detached experience ala Will Self or Mark Leyner. It of course doesn't help that Coupland's most famous book, Generation X, has a title that's been melted down for pop-culture scrap, and so by association it can feel like he and his work a ...more
Gregg Koskela
This was our book group read, and my first Coupland book. It will be my last. Symbolism as subtle as a truck driving through a cardboard cut out, tortured analogies...I couldn't wait to be done. It reminds me of when semi-smart people have had a little too much to drink and think they are making profound statements about the nature of the world. Its one redeeming factor was the way he structured the telling of the story, weaving together the various layers well near the end. But I'd never be per ...more
Patrick
Jan 19, 2008 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2001
I listened to this on tape walking to and from the train, my mind kept wandering off. A man and a woman fall in love under extremely coincidental circumstances.
Marie-Anne
Odd and reasonably entertaining, with a surprisingly nice turn of phrase here and there.
Joshua Gross
Jun 25, 2015 Joshua Gross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a lot of Douglas Coupland when I was younger, including this book. Other than Generation X and All Families are Psychotic, I'd always had fond memories of this book. I read it when I was a teenager and I think the idea of escaping and not being under the control of anything or anyone really appealed to me, although by that point I had tried several times and knew it wasn't all it was cracked up to be. I remember specifically laughing at John Johnson big plan to give up all his worldly pos ...more
Darya Conmigo
Отчтено для книжного клуба.

Книга, похожая на жидкость для мытья посуды в яркой упаковке: никакой питательности, но приятно пахнет яблоками и быстро заканчивается. Все могло бы быть плохо, но плюс "Мисс Вайоминг" в том, что она не пытается показаться чем-то, чем не является. Простое, ясное и жизнерадостное повествование без всяких потайных смыслов. Чокнутые персонажи, обретающие счастье в побеге от американской мечты, прилагаются.

А если цитировать параграфами, то и вовсе неплохо:

- Я люблю сам зап
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Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
Pop Culture Trash Coupland Rather than Indie Kid Coupland


Those who know and love his more indie-kid classics such as Generation X or JPod may be a little disappointed as there's no interesting footnotes, slogans or other playing with the format here. This is a straight-up novel. A fun, post-modernly trashy one, more like Coupland's All Families Are Psychotic.

I enjoyed this one a lot, but found it occasionally embarrassed my snob credentials as impossibility built upon improbability until there
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Kathryn Buchanan
Nov 03, 2016 Kathryn Buchanan rated it really liked it
Entertaining book. I kind of found the back and forth between main characters somewhat confusing. It was kind of a mad-cap chase kind of story and worked out in the end, so I guess it worked out. Perhaps reading it more regularly could have helped.
Adam
Oct 14, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Awesomeness!!! the first book i read my Coupland was 'Eleanor Rigby' and it was good but not mind blowing by any stretch. This however is an amazing effort and one I'm enjoying immensely. I have like 2 chapters left and I just started it about a week and some days ago. I LOVE IT!!! Theres just something about his style in this one. I mean its not Pulitzer winner or anything but i must admit that Mr. Coupland may have gained a fan for life in me with this one. Like I said, I'm almost done with it ...more
Tjibbe Wubbels
Sep 05, 2013 Tjibbe Wubbels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
Miss Wyoming is not as apocalyptic as some of the other Coupland novels. Of course there is a clear Coupland message here: maybe you should take a step back from your little capitalist consumer life, take a good look and make some changes. But the final consequence of this message is absent (unlike the dead bees in Generation A for example, or the craziness at the end of Girlfriend in a Coma). I must say, this is refreshing and makes for a lighter read and better thoughts after reading. After an ...more
Snotchocheez
Feb 11, 2009 Snotchocheez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Coupland has a knack for writing about what he (seemingly) knows well. Either he is omniscient or he puts a great deal of research into his topics for novelization. In this book, Miss Wyoming, he riffs on beauty pageants (and some parents' obsession to have their children win them at any cost) and the movie industry. The story, told in non-linear progression, centers on two protagonists: a former frequent beauty pageant winner-cum-has-been actress who is the only survivor of a plane cras ...more
Robert
Feb 11, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Douglas Coupland has a knack for writing about what he (seemingly) knows well. Either he is omniscient or he puts a great deal of research into his topics for novelization. In this book, Miss Wyoming, he riffs on beauty pageants (and some parents' obsession to have their children win them at any cost) and the movie industry. The story, told in non-linear progression, centers on two protagonists: a former frequent beauty pageant winner-cum-has-been actress who is the only survivor of a plane cras ...more
Leslynn
Mar 21, 2016 Leslynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Wyoming is an extremely easy to read novel, focusing on familiar Coupland-ish Hollywood shenanigans along with a surreal insight into the world of beauty pageants. The narrative threads primarily between the lives of two focal characters - both fantastic to read - while jumping sporadically to various points in the two characters' lives. The non-linear use of narrative is great and makes for an addictive read, I found myself speeding along without realising how many pages I was zooming thro ...more
Andrew
Feb 10, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Wyoming is an extremely easy to read novel, focusing on familiar Coupland-ish Hollywood shenanigans along with a surreal insight into the world of beauty pageants. The narrative threads primarily between the lives of two focal characters - both fantastic to read - while jumping sporadically to various points in the two characters' lives. The non-linear use of narrative is great and makes for an addictive read, I found myself speeding along without realising how many pages I was zooming thro ...more
Davie Bennett
Apr 12, 2008 Davie Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's my favorite quote from "Miss Wyoming":
"We're young and in love, John Johnson," Vanessa teased.
"People like you were never young, Vanessa. People like you are born seventy-two, like soft pink surgeon generals."
I love broad, witty, sly, self-important novels, where dreadful things happen and characters say impossibly perfect and delightful things. And this book fit the bill quite nicely. This was my first Coupland book; my initial impression is that he and Don Delillo would have a lot of st
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Mia
Mar 20, 2016 Mia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Wyoming is an extremely easy to read novel, focusing on familiar Coupland-ish Hollywood shenanigans along with a surreal insight into the world of beauty pageants. The narrative threads primarily between the lives of two focal characters - both fantastic to read - while jumping sporadically to various points in the two characters' lives. The non-linear use of narrative is great and makes for an addictive read, I found myself speeding along without realising how many pages I was zooming thro ...more
Psychophant
Apr 19, 2008 Psychophant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Coupland explores a bit of the pathos of the famous and almost famous in the entertainment system. They are an easy target, even easier as he includes the pageants among his targets. And yet he does not really aim true, making the image less scathing, less touching, less close to the bone by choosing some deliberately distancing facts.

It is as if in the middle of writing, Coupland had noticed that he loves these people (all of them, it seems) so rather than keep them in the painful world that i
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E. Anderson
Aug 27, 2009 E. Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miss Wyoming is as delightful as it is frightening. Frightening in the sense that, yes, this is the human condition. It skips about in time, narrating both the history and current affairs of a former teen pageant queen and a washed up movie star. Susan Colgate has survived a plane crash followed by a year-long disappearance; John Johnson has survived a drug overdose followed by months of self-prescribed homelessness. Both characters grew up amid some extremely odd family dynamics. As the story s ...more
Jpmist
May 01, 2014 Jpmist rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I hate, hate, hate, books that jump back and forth in time sequence amid multiple characters. I like a flow to my reading such that I don't have to go "wait a minute, who'se this guy, was this before this other thing happened" at the beginning of every chapter. Too much work to keep context of what happened in what order to who. Pain in the ass.

I was literally half way thru the book before I metaphorically threw it across the room in disgust. The shame is that I really liked Coupland's writing i
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Roo7
Why do I keep going back to Coupland? After each book I'm like "well, that was nice but it was kinda like the others, so I'm done with him." ... and then I read another!

Regardless, this was worth it. Miss Wyoming is essentially a convoluted story about a destroyed-but-recovering hero in search of a similarly tragic heroine (but she hides it better). Expect the typical Coupland thrusting of pop culture in your face, but somehow he hides it better in this one. Maybe I just identified with this sto
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Nick Davies
Jan 31, 2016 Nick Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I enjoyed this - it had all the quirky modern appeal and beauty of writing which I'd come to expect from Coupland, but without some of the 'over the top' aspects (such as books within books and sudden shifts in the final quarter to quasi-religious 'shock' dystopia endings) which have partially spoilt others of his I have read. Though the narrative zips around slightly alarmingly with time-frame shifts, I found the characters likeable and believable, and the whole thing clever and approachable wi ...more
Suse
Mar 07, 2012 Suse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurzbeschreibung von Libri.de:
Ein unverhoffter Kontakt mit dem Jenseits hat John Johnson und Susan Colgates Leben verändert. Der Produzent von Actionfilmen ist nach einem Drogencocktail mit Mühe ins Diesseits zurückgekehrt; die frühere Schönheitskönigin hat mit der Sitznummer 58a das grosse Los gezogen und einen Flugzeugabsturz unversehrt überlebt. Als die Wege der beiden sich eines Nachmittags auf einer Restaurantterrasse flüchtig kreuzen und Susan kurz darauf verschwindet, macht John Johnson s
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Beth
Feb 04, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Coupland I hadn't read - rare in itself.
After J-Pod I got a bit wary of reading more Coupland for a while so this is the first one I've picked up in quite some time. I love his stuff so much - and this was no exception to it. A very different story base to his more recent novels, but classic Douglas in all other respects. Bizzare (but strangely believable!) destruction of human life? check! Characters you can love? check! Apocalyptic event (personal or global)? Oh yes.

Thanks Douglas. A pleas
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Ilmatte
Oct 13, 2014 Ilmatte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libri-visionari

mi ha ricordato molto invisible monsters, ma in versione edulcorata. la stessa disillusione dell'attricetta/modella, che vede il modo con occhi realistici dopo una tragedia. fin qui lo spunto. anche i salti, non improvvisi e dirompenti come in pahlaniuk, ma comunque di effetto.
peccato il finale, anche un autore come coupland ci casca, da bravo americano (d'adozione, ok, ma tutti gli americani, in fondo, lo sono) non rinuncia all'ottimismo dell'ultima pagina.
meglio fermarsi a 4 pagine dalla fine.

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Brian Sutton
Oct 05, 2012 Brian Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some people take some strange trips to find themselves. We all want change, but in the end, we are who we are. Having (unfortunately) watched a few "Toddlers and Tiaras," the beauty pageant stuff was probably more funny now then sad/poignant in the wake of JonBenet Ramsey's death. Some snark delivered at Hollywood without the hero-worship, which is nice. The final comment from the washed-up (washed clean?) star that "it's all fake." I did enjoy this my first Coupland book. I've been avoiding "Ge ...more
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Douglas Coupland is Canadian, born on a Canadian Air Force base near Baden-Baden, Germany, on December 30, 1961. In 1965 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he continues to live and work. Coupland has studied art and design in Vancouver, Canada, Milan, Italy and Sapporo, Japan. His first novel, Generation X, was published in March of 1991. Since then he has published nine novels and sever ...more
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“If he'd learned one thing while he'd been away, it was that loneliness is the most taboo subject in the world. Forget sex or politics or religion. Or even failure. Loneliness is what clears out a room.” 33 likes
“Truth be told, John said, the one thing in this world I want more than anything else is a great big crowbar, to jimmy myself open and take whatever creature that's sitting inside and shake it clean like a rug and then rinse it in a cold, clear lake like up in Oregon, and then I want to put it under the sun to let it heal and dry and grow and sit and come to consciousness again with a clear and quiet mind.” 9 likes
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