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Introduction: Why America is Desperate for Desperate Housewives

By Leah Wilson

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from Welcome to Wisteria Lane

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This is one essay from the anthology Welcome to Wisteria Lane

As the hit television show “Desperate Housewives” continues to seduce viewers with its outrageous humor, absorbing mysteries and deliciously naughty images of suburbia, this collection of essays examines the program’s appeal and why it has struck a chord with modern women. Critics, including bestselling chick-lit authors Beth Kendrick, Julie Kenner and Shanna Swendson, address key areas in essays such as “Why American Heroines are Best When They’re Bad,” “The Everywoman in an Apron,” “Edie Brit as Queer Critique” and “The Rebirth of Irony.” Not a typical fan guide, the essays deeply explore the show, answering the question on everyone’s mind: Just what is it about this show that has America so enthralled?

Contributors include:

  • Sharon Bowers
  • Michelle Cunnah
  • Laura Caldwell
  • Deanna Carlyle
  • Whitney Gaskell
  • Nancy Herkness
  • Alesia Holiday
  • Beth Kendrick
  • Julie Kenner
  • Cara Lockwood
  • Lani Diane Rich
  • Shanna Swendson
  • Evany Thomas
  • Evelyn Vaughn
  • Jill Winters
  • Sarah Zettel

About the Author

Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in culture and modern fiction and is currently senior editor at BenBella Books in Dallas. Leah is the editor of Perfectly Plum: Unauthorized Essays on the Life, Loves, and Other Disasters of Stephanie Plum, Trenton Bounty Hunter and the co-editor on Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest and Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.

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About the Author

Leah  Wilson

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in culture and modern fiction and is currently senior editor at BenBella Books in Dallas. Leah is the editor of Perfectly Plum: Unauthorized Essays on the Life, Loves, and Other Disasters of Stephanie Plum, Trenton Bounty Hunter and the co-editor on Coffee at Luke’s: An Unauthorized Gilmore Girls Gabfest and Serenity Found: More Unauthorized Essays on Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.

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