James Wilcox Hunk City

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An astute and comical dissection of the culture wars-by the author of the much-loved Modern Baptists

For More Than twenty years, James Wilcox has been cherished by reviewers and readers alike as one of the most talented American humorists. Since his classic Modern Baptists (picked by Harold Bloom as one of the few contemporary novels in his Western Canon), Wilcox has been charting the intricate spiritual topography of the South with inimitable wit and empathy. His "real comic genius" (Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review) has never been so brilliantly deployed as in this hilarious look at the peculiarly American cultural divisions of our times.

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James Wilcox is the author of eight novels. The director of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Wilcox, director of Louisiana State University's creative writing program, has set most of his novels in the small fictional town of Tula Springs, Louisiana. His newest work not only is set there but also features some of the characters originally introduced by Wilcox in his hilarious first novel, Modern Baptists (1983), which is listed in Harold Bloom's The Western Canon (1994). Burma Van Buren, assistant manager of Redds Dollar Store and heir to her late husband's $35 million fortune, is having a terrible time figuring out which organizations most deserve her contribution. She's a die-hard liberal, much to the consternation of her corrupt Republican accountant and her feisty gun-toting mother. Meanwhile, her love life is nonexistent: her handsome landscaper is gay, and her lifelong love, Mr. Pickens, is still married to a scheming Evangelical. In this gentle, madcap comedy, Wilcox effortlessly conveys the charm of southern eccentrics while preaching a subversive message of tolerance. The novel's dizzy, riotously funny final courtroom scene, which brings the warring factions together, is a near perfect piece of comic writing. Joanne Wilkinson
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