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Wigfield by Amy Sedaris
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Dec 21, 2007

did not like it
bookshelves: libraryread
Read in September, 2003

Checked this out from the library -- and I'm glad I didn't spend any money on it.

It sounded clever, a wanna-be writer documenting a community's struggles against a State mandate to tear down the local dam, which would flood them out.

It turned out to be mean-spirited and semi-sordid. Wigfield is a squatter's town - with the main "industry" being strip clubs and used auto parts. The interviews with the townspeople weren't as funny as they wanted to be and the accompanying pictures were just kinda sad. "Jokes" about strippers, violence and rednecks get really old, really quickly.

IMHO, the book was very much a big city's caricature of The Rural Poor -- and it's definitely a laugh *at* them, not with them. I like dark humour as much as anyone - but this book was more malicious and occasionally stupid than anything else. If the Daily Show's interview with "freaky hicks" generally make you squirm instead of laugh - avoid this book.
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