REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS
By Stephen Wright
Reviewed by Roxanne Baker
First off, Stephen Wright is not the same person as the comedian Steven Wright, though both have an acerbic wit. Whereas the comedian Steven with a V’s humor is dry, this Stephen Wright “PH’s” comedic spirit is soaking wet with irreverent darkness.
Processed Cheese tells the parallel stories of a couple with mega wealth who lose a chunk of change (a colloquialism Steven Wright would appreciate) and the lackadaisical pair who play finders keepers with the windfall.
Reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut and Christopher Moore, Steven Wright leaves nothing on the table; he mocks our obsession with guns, drugs, alcohol, sex and that paper that contains the print In God We Trust. As the finders attempt to outrun the loot’s owners, Wright takes us from a Gotham Cityesque cityscape to a backwoods Gorge town in Upstate New York where chaos ensues.
Even if you resemble any of the gluttonous characters, you’ll laugh at the absurdities of which we’ve all been guilty at one point in our lives or another. Most unique are Wright’s character, company and town names. For instance, if UTC Mall were “Wrightenized’ he might rename it UR2Cool Mall. But most astounding is that Wright continues this white hot original satire through 350 plus pages! And hey, if Toni Morrison deemed it ‘astounding’, who’s to argue!
Roxanne Baker, Bookseller
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