Miss Wyoming by Douglas Coupland
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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. As a producer of high-adrenaline action flicks, he's led a decadent and dangerous life, purchasing his way through every conceivable variant of sex. But each variation seems to take him one notch away from a capacity for love, and while movie-making was once a way for him to create worlds of sensation, it now bores him. After his near-death experience, John decides to walk away from his life.

Susan Colgate is an unbankable former tv star and child beauty pageant contender. Forced to marry a heavy metal singer in need of a Green Card after her parents squander her sitcom earnings, she becomes the alpha road rat. But when the band's popularity dwindles, the marriage dissolves. Flying back to Los Angeles in Economy, Susan's plane crashes   and only she survives. As she walks away from the disaster virtually unscathed, Susan, too, decides to disappear.

John and Susan are two souls searching for love across the bizarre, celebrity-obsessed landscape of LA, and are driven, almost fatefully, toward each other. Hilarious, fast-paced and ultimately heart-wrenching, Miss Wyoming is about people who, after throwing off their self-made identities, begin the fearful search for a love that exposes all vulnerabilities.


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About Douglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
 
Published April 25, 2001 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Professional & Technical. Fiction

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Susie’s mom Marilyn, broke, deprived of an airline settlement, and abandoned by her resentful daughter, kidnaps Susie’s infant Eugene—a child conceived and born during her anonymous —lost year— immediately after the plane crash—and John, with the help of young lovers Ryan and Vanessa, begins his ...

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But on the eve of their second date, Susan disappears, so he, another Colgate fan and the fan's unbelievably smart girlfriend search for Susan and her secret child.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Miss Wyoming, John, a burned-out movie mogul whose mother kept him sequestered ''away from hooligans, third rails and strange men in raincoats,'' is desperately seeking Susan, a beauty queen turned actress who began competing in pageants at age ''JonBenet-and-a-half.'' Douglas Coupland, coiner...

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Each new chapter of Susan's and John's life stories adds new insights into the reader's understanding of the characters and these understandings fall just in the right place;

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London Review of Books

There were limb fragments and heads.’ Or, a glimpse of life inside a McDonald’s bin: ‘She rummaged more, culling inert French fries, packets of honey-mustard dipping sauce, pricky drinking straws and smudged napkins.’ One of Susan’s fans keeps a shrine to her memory, composed of ‘Japanese candy b...

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