Book: Trashland a Go-Go
Author: Constance Ann Fitzgerald
Type of Book: Fiction, bizarro, novella
Why Do I Consider This Book Odd: It is the tale of an undead stripper, or maybe a formerly dead stripper, in an endless waste dump.
Availability: Published by Eraserhead Press in 2011 as a part of the New Bizarro Author Series, you can get a copy here:
Comments: Discussing this book is troublesome to me because as a first effort, I can see just how it is Constance Fitzgerald is going to be an excellent writer once she has more experience under her belt. I really like her writing style and see a lot of talent, but ultimately this story did not appeal to me.
A short synopsis: A stripper named Coco takes the pole on stage only to find a jealous rival has greased it down. She goes flying off the pole into the sound equipment and dies. Her craven boss and his rapey/necrophilic assistant cram her into a dumpster so they won’t have any trouble with the law and she wakes/comes back to life in an endless dump. Many disgusting things happen. Many. She is befriended by a fly, she meets the queen of the trash world and has to engage in a battle of wits and will to survive.
The hell of this discussion is this: what I don’t like about this book may really appeal to some of my readers. Seriously, I know there are several of you who are all, “Dead stripper in an endless wasteland of trash – where do I sign up?” So I’ll include some quotes so you guys can get a really good taste and smell of what this book is about.
So here’s what I don’t like about this book. First, Coco, the main character and heroine, is largely irritating, and while annoying women can be fun, I need to care whether or not Coco lives or dies. I need to care that she is miserable and I need to like her enough for the humorous parts to be worth reading. I don’t. Coco is tiresome, bitchy, and so unpleasant that I am totally on the side of the stripper who greased down the pole. Who could blame her?