The State Of Wyoming: Episode 1 -- LARAMIE

It’s Scandal meets Seinfeld. A political comedy set in Washington, D.C.

It’s a book for people who like TV. A serial novel structured like a television show, with individual complete episodes that each also contribute to the ongoing story.

In 2011, the Obama Administration embarrassed itself by mistaking Colorado for Wyoming on the map of a speaking tour in western states. Voila, the Fifty States Program!--fifty new federal patronage jobs, one for each state, all housed in cubicles at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

The millennials in these jobs call each other by the name of their states, and none of them are exactly what you’d call on the ball. Wyoming--that’s our man Elliot Vance-- could qualify for the slacker Olympics. He’s the grand-nephew of former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, but prior to being given a States job by his wealthy father he got kicked out of an English lit Ph.D. program for insisting on doing his dissertation on 1950s pulp author F. Bob Goddard. Elliot dates a WASP-American princess who’s pushing for marriage, and his two best friends are Delaware and Nebraska. His nemesis is Tara Travis, the slinky blonde Republican aide to Wyoming congressman Bull Wheeler.

In Episode 1 Elliot is blackmailed by Tara into flying to Laramie to do some actual work. It’s the first time he’s ever been to The State of Wyoming.



The blonde woman’s eyelids shut briefly and then blink a few times. “Whatever. I’m Tara Travis, aide to Bull Wheeler.” Elliot’s furrowed brow of non-recognition may be feigned. “Bull Wheeler ...?” “The Congressman from Wyoming.” “THE Congressman?” “Yes,” Tara says, as if she must explain to yet another dithering dolt. “His district is the entire state. Wyoming has but a single Congressman.” “From what I hear he doesn’t stay single for long.”
Able Interviewer: So, Gillian, you’re a character. Gillian Will: That’s what people say. AI: I mean, a real character. Gillian: You’re making me blush. AI: No, a character like not a real person. Gillian: Now you’re hurting my feelings. AI: Do characters have feelings? Gillian: Wouldn’t you? AI: I don’t know … I never thought about it.

In a take on the wasted taxpayer dollars and the ineptitude of government, one liaison between the state of Wyoming and the Federal Government is blackmailed into actually doing his job. Never having visited the state he is supposedly the advocate for, one wonders if he can pull of the phony concern of Washington at the heinous hate crimes happening in the state. The question is, can Elliot pull it off and get back to his little piece of Washington, doing as little as possible?

Gillian Will has created a serial read, as she says, for people who like to watch television, the ones who don’t mind being spoonfed a little morsel at a time. The State of Wyoming: Episode 1 – LARAMIE looks like she is off to a good start, although once the reader is caught up in enjoying this tasty morsel, it ends, far too soon. It’s good, it has the potential to be great and to garner a huge audience, because everyone likes to poke fun at the boys from Washington, regardless of political affiliation.

~Dianne from Goodreads and the Tome Tender book blog