Emmy and Golden Globe Winning Television Writer Russ Woody Has Written a New Novel

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A disturbing and funny read for anyone who grew up in a dysfunctional family, and a reason to be grateful for anyone who didn’t!

"This is a real modern family. Russ Woody is hilarious, insightful, and hilariously insightful." Dave Ihlenfeld “Family Guy” Writer Author of “Dog Days”

The effort to define “family” is front and center in the public eye. And while same-sex couples are struggling to point out their legitimacy to a significant number of Limbaugh-loving Luddites, what about those of us who were forced to grow up in perfectly screwed up nuclear families? After all, the mother-father-two-point-five-children paradigm is the focal point of our cherished Judeo-Christian “family values” – and all too often, a recipe for disaster.

Effed Up! Story of a Family is a tragic and inspiring romp through the life and tortured mind of thirty-something insurance underwriter, Robert Nirth, who struggles to limit his sarcasm and decidedly negative attitude toward women in order to have a relationship with one. But having grown up in the manipulative clutches of his mother Helen, his sarcasm has been the one thing that kept him alive.

His life changes when he meets the stunning sister of his wheelchair-bound overweight gay neighbor—who had it much worse than he. And when he realizes that his nephew is having a terrifyingly similar childhood, he must make the most important decision of his life.

About the Author: After thirty years in the trenches of television writing – Murphy Brown, Cybill, The Slap Maxwell Story, St. Elsewhere, Mad About You, Becker, The Drew Carey Show, The Middle (and, as the author says, “plenty of others, much more embarrassing”) – Russ Woody has written an adult novel, loosely based on the family he had to grow up in.

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