Thursday, December 9, 2010

There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to...

there's a (slight) chance i might be going to hell by Laurie Notaro
A novel of
sewer pipes,
pageant queens,
and big trouble

Note: First of all, the title of the book is written in all lowercase letters on the cover. This is no error on my review. I listened to the unabridged production on audio. People looked at me funny while I listened to it in my car. I suppose it was slightly curious to see a woman driving alone completely losing it in laughter while sitting at a red light.

This book seems to have it all, minus one thing, romance. Unless you consider a healthy relationship with a canine lover romantic. Maye Roberts, the main character of this novel, is a hoot! Her and her husband, Charlie, move to the quaint (bizarre) town of Spaulding, Washington when Charlie is offered a teaching position at a small northwestern university. In less than a week, Maye has offended her neighbor by putting recyclable items in the trashcan (Oh my!), let her sweet love-of-a-pup attack the hedge-leaping mail carrier, been caught stripping down to her bra at the home of Dean Spaulding (What? She got hot!), and unwittingly hooked up with a Gothic Wiccan book club. Where she barely escaped before being bathed, dusted with glitter and stripped naked before a bonfire.

She is nearly banished from the town when she declares herself a vegetarian and joins "Vegging Out," the elite vegetarian group of Spaulding. Her reasoning for joining the group is, well, "cows are pretty". This hair-brained idea ends tragically when she's caught chomping down on a filet mignon at a local hoity-toity restaurant. Needless to say, she's kicked out of the veggie club.

Her only chance of survival in this peculiar, small town is entering the annual Sewer Pipe Queen Pageant, a kooky but dead-serious local tradition open to contestants of all ages and genders. Aided by a fire-breathing, crusty former pageant queen with one eyebrow, Maye uncovers a mystery that's plagued the town for decades.

Can you say, a rollicking tale? I haven't laughed this hard in a very, very long time. This one gets a "Superstar!" rating.