After following along with her journaling misadventures in Sumbitch: A Tale of Bigtime College Football and a Girl, Henryetta now takes us to Chelmsford Heights in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is to work as a roving correspondent for the Weekly Weekender. Assigned to the task of creating an edition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chelmsford Heights, Henryetta is dismayed to discover that all of the archives have been stolen. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, she still has to publish something. Trying to find out what happened to the archives gives Henryetta a chance to get to know some of the eccentric town folk. From the Rosie O’Donnell look-a-like chief of police to the smugly pretentious Mrs. Taliaferro, Henryetta has her hands full.
A local mall owner’s ex-wife has possession of Fiddler’s Green, the town cemetery. Things aren’t going so well for the residents out there. The owner has other ideas for the property and following through on them will dig up a lot of trouble for some of the townsfolk. There is also the local Chelmsford Height’s Women’s Alliance, which may have had something to do with the disappearance of the archives. Some of the ladies in that organization are believed to “have more skeletons in their closets than are buried in Fiddler’s Green Cemetery.”
Things are also out of sorts at the mall. The current wife of the mall owner has some very expensive plans for remodeling so that it can restore tax revenues to the town. The wife’s plans will most likely bankrupt the owner and they both will be left with nothing. The owner has his own ideas for restoring the place. This includes opening up Kuddles, a kitten store that will replace your cuddly kitten with another matching one before it turns into a cat. The returned kittens will be sent to China to be used as a source of protein for the people. Nothing more needs to be said about that distasteful idea. Pun intended.
With everything that is happening, the townsfolk have made one thing very clear to Henryetta and that is that they don’t want to see their little suburb being represented in the media by being anything but a classy place. Personally, Henryetta, sees the town as being very similar to the little Okie town of Henryetta, Oklahoma for which she is named and hales from. But she knows better than to disillusion the locals by telling them.
Reading Lifestyle: A Tale of Upscale Suburbia and a Girl is a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I totally relaxed and let myself step into the world of Chelmsford Heights and enjoyed laughing at the eccentric characters as they try to barrel their way through getting their needs met. Simon Plaster definitely has another winner on his hands.