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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621050025
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621050025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Constance Ann Fitzgerald lives in the Bay Area where she
works in an adult shop, collecting stories about creeps.
She can often be found talking to dogs and scribbling in
notebooks.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin Coons on December 8, 2011
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This novella starts out with a stripper named Coco being killed and discarded in a dumpster by a sleazy strip club owner. She awakes in what appears to be a landfill but quickly discovers that there is no end and thus begins her journey through TRASHLAND. Aided by a talking fly she travels through TRASHLAND seeking a way out or just some meaning behind it all. Coco comes across many fascinating characters including a knight dressed in a rubber tire suit, an evil Queen and if you're lucky there may even be a robot.

Now what is really important about this book is that although the plot is kind of "out there" and probably not for everyone the writing style is very crisp, clean and conveys a lot in such a short read. The use of language is exceptionally vivid and descriptive. I must warn you that things can get pretty "meaty."

Exactly as many have stated this is a grimy noir version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read and cannot believe this is Constance Ann Fitzgerald's first book. I anxiously await any forthcoming works from Constance in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin T. Grimbol on November 30, 2011
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Trashland A Go-Go is about a stripper named Coco who dies, gets thrown into the dumpster by her sleazy boss, and then wakes up in a world made out of trash. It is an intense book. Constance Fitzgeralds writing is smooth and seductive and incredibly vivid. It attacks the senses. Not only does she do a great job explaining what the trash world looks like, she makes the reader really feel it and smell it. I felt kinda oily while I was reading it.
And I loved it. It was completely enchanting. And gross. I mean, it made me gag---but in a really enjoyable way. I grew up watching John Waters and I love that kind of, well, trashy humor. This book actually reminded me of his movie DESPERATE LIVING. I appreciate a writer that can do a really good gross-out tale.
This book is great. Read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Schwent on November 26, 2011
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After a pole dance goes horribly wrong, Coco Darling is tossed into the garbage and wakes up in a land of garbage. Can she find her way home without running afoul of Queen?

Yeah, I may have unearthed the gem of the 2011-2012 New Bizarro Author series.

If the Wizard of Oz starred a stripper and took place in a land of garbage, it would be very much like Trashland A Go-Go. Coco is a strong leading lady, not waiting for some guy to come along and save her. She's also tough as hell. Could you dig your way out of a room that has walls made of dirty diapers? Yeah, me either.

Coco's journey is full of funny moments as well as disgusting ones. Imagine a woman walking across a trash-filled landscape wearing an ugly bridesmaid dress and interacting with her talking fly sidekick. The villains are vile, the trash world is utilized to its full potential, and there are parts of the book that will make you want to laugh or puke, or both at the same time. That's pretty much all I can say without giving away too much.

Trashland A Go-Go is one of those first books that you're astonished is someone's first book. The writing is polished, the pace is great, and there aren't any missteps. It's also pretty accessible for a Bizarro book. If you're looking to give the Bizarro genre a shot, you can do a hell of a lot worse than Trashland A Go-Go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vince Kramer on November 28, 2011
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This is such a fun read. You're hooked from the beginning with the stripper character of Coco Darling, and after her fiery "death" at the strip club (covered up by the owner who throws her in the dumpster) you're in for one really wild ride. Coco Darling wakes up bewildered in a land of trash (which she just thinks is a big landfill) and goes on a perilous adventure to find a way out of there. She runs into a talking fly, after accidentally destroying his beer-can home, and it just gets weirder from there. Especially when she meets an oracle who gives her a very strange tarot card reading on flesh. It's like Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz meets John Waters' Desperate Living, which is the perfect formula for a hilarious Bizarro Book. I read it cover to cover and never got bored. Highly recommended. It's probably the best book ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Tilley on November 15, 2011
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Trashland a Go Go is the most fun reading romp I've had in years. The book is descriptively engaging, lushly populated with quirky characters -- and many unpredictable twists and hairpin turns. With a story like this, I firmly believe that Hollywood will soon pick up on this one! I had to re-read passages because my eyes kept filling with tears from laughing so hard. I can only hope that the author, Constance Ann Fitzgerald, is steady at work on her next manuscript.
Don't miss picking up this terrific novella.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Davi on January 7, 2012
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Taking some of the best parts of The Wizard of OZ, Labyrinth, Alice the Wonderland, and The Wiz; all the while mixing in a whole other level of bizarre, Constance Ann Fitzgerald's debut book "Trashland A Go-Go" is a vivid and surprisingly charming read. Following the adventures of Coco, a young stripper who after her unexpected death finds herself in a world somewhere between life and death, a wonderland of garbage. A Dump "Neverland" if you will, where she must find her way home. Along the way she meets friends and enemies, and it's not always clear who is who.

An extremely fun read, Fitzgerald manages to throw in some creative curves to keep the story from being a complete Wizard of Oz rehash and as the story progresses, more and more you see an original voice forming. Despite a familiar framework, there are enough creative twists to keep you interested.

...and the imagery...this is of course part of the Bizarro series, and though I hadn't been completely as familiar as I might of been with what that meant, I am now. Fans of the genre should take note, there is a new voice in your world. Fitzgerald pulls no punches, and you can feel how much she is enjoying herself as she creates such illustrative and detailed moments.

Fair warning: Do NOT read the prison scene while eating breakfast. I'm serious. When you get to that point. Stop eating for a while. You'll thank me.

Yet despite the gross out element that comes with your heroine being trapped in a land of refuse, I do believe this book can have appeal outside the Bizarro Fiction crowd. I found myself being honestly charmed by the book and Coco's plight.
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