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Vertical: A Novel | [Rex Pickett]

Vertical: A Novel

It’s seven years after the events of Sideways. Miles has written a novel that has been made into a wildly successful movie, and the movie has changed his life. Jack, contrarily, is divorced, has a kid, and is on the skids. Phyllis, Miles’ mom, has suffered a stroke that’s left her wheelchair-bound and wasting away in assisted living. She desperately wants to live with her sister in Wisconsin. When Miles gets invited to be master of ceremonies at the International Pinot Festival in Oregon, he hatches a harebrained road trip.
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Publisher's Summary

The follow-up novel to the blockbuster Sideways, the basis of a major motion picture, tracks the continuing story of Miles Raymond and his buddy Jack.

It’s seven years later. Miles has written a novel that has been made into a wildly successful movie, and the movie has changed his life. Jack, contrarily, is divorced, has a kid, and is on the skids. Phyllis, Miles’ mom, has suffered a stroke that’s left her wheelchair-bound and wasting away in assisted living. She desperately wants to live with her sister in Wisconsin. When Miles gets invited to be master of ceremonies at the International Pinot Festival in Oregon, he hatches a harebrained road trip. With Jack as his copilot, he leases a handicapped-equipped van, hires a pot-smoking Filipina caretaker, and, with his mother’s rascally Yorkie in tow, they take off for Wisconsin via Oregon’s fabled Willamette Valley.

This is a road novel for the smart set and wine lovers, and it is anything but predictable.

©2010 Loose Gravel Press (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Better, richer than Sideways." (Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter)

"Rex Pickett shows that his gift for creating wildly funny scenes is quite intact.…The book is laugh-out-loud funny." (New York Journal of Books)

"Had me alternately laughing and crying through this hilarious, heartbreaking, and ultimately moving meditation on fame, friendship, and family. Vertical managed to break my heart and then put it back together again, piece by piece…and should abolish any lingering doubts whether the author just got ‘lucky’ with Sideways. This is a work to be both admired and savored like the great Willamette Valley Pinots Miles exults over." (Forth magazine)

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    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 12-13-14
    deepdvr_ca Northern, Ca 12-13-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Disappointing intenionally depressing"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Pretty good considering lackluster material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Jack and Miles excessive bacchannal.


    Any additional comments?

    Too many three and four syllable words. Could have saved time by euthanizing his mother in the first third of the book. Basically this is an author that was embarrassed by the success of Sideways and the movie, feels he doesn't deserve the success and writes a book that ensures he will never have to write about these characters again. Pickett writes a personal novel never failing to point out what an immature, emotional, alcoholic wreck he has made of his life. He used the characters of Jack and Miles and a sequel to a popular book to bait and switch readers. I feel like a fool finishing the book. No wonder Knopf rejected the book and he had to self publish.

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    marvin tucker, GA, United States 07-12-13
    marvin tucker, GA, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Too much unrefined sex"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, like every other sentence had talk of miles ejaculating it seemed like.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

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    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    In this book no favorite. Brick is good, but miles seems like a completely different person from the miles in "sideways". As does jack. But miles is particularly unlikeable. He's sex obsessed. Treats everyone badly. And especially says mean things to his mom.
    Just wayyyyyy to much sex going on with super hot young chicks and miles. Seems like the author is living vicariously thru miles. And it's told in a way that comes off as creepy. Not sensual.
    Or maybe I'm missing somethjg?


    Do you think Vertical needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I didn't think sideways did. But I welcomed a new novel with miles and jack. Ultimately I didn't like the direction the characters lives had taken.


    Any additional comments?

    A dissapointment. Seems a contrived plot to facilitate another road trip.
    The characters aren't consistent with sideways and too much sex not portrayed very sexily.

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