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Wyoming

by JP Gritton

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Wyoming by JP Gritton
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    Nov 2019, 246 pages

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A character study of family dysfunction and brooding resentment in 1980s, working-class America.

Looking to read a story set in Wyoming? You will be disappointed. The novel is not about Wyoming at all (see Beyond the Book for insight on the author's choice of title). Instead, it's a character study of protagonist Shelley Cooper, depicting how his dysfunctional family struggled to make ends meet in Colorado in the mid-1980s.

The story starts with Shelley getting caught stealing a compressor from his boss at a construction site. He is fired and soon finds himself in need of money. Clayton, Shelley's brother, has plenty. Clayton is the family benefactor. He earns a lot of cash growing marijuana in Colorado and selling it in Houston. He's also Shelley's nemesis. Nonetheless, Shelley agrees to drive a shipment of dope to Houston for Clayton to make some cash, and in due course, sibling resentment leads to self-sabotage.

Wyoming hops around geographically, but also temporally, back...

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