Going Native Author:Stephen Wright So this dream car of ours, asked the hitcher, the museum know you got it? — 69 Ford Galaxie, boasted the driver. Sign and symbol of my confused and wild youth. — Whatd you do, steal it? — The driver, who was chewing on one of his nails, hesitated to inspect the damage. We... more »ll, as a matter of fact, yeah.
The car is stolen, and driving it across America will become a journey into the heart of darkness for Wylie Jones. One minute he is barbecuing steaks for friends in a Chicago suburb; the next he is quietly walking away from the American dream of a tastefully decorated house, a wife, and two children into a zany, off-kilter, violent world.
Careening across the country in the souped-up old Ford which happens to have a Glock pistol stashed under the front seat Wylies escape from middle-class expectations turns into a contemporary [i]On the Road[/i]. But in place of Kerouacs misfits and rebels, this joyride travels from the Midwest to Southern California with the stock characters of confessional talk shows and the terrifying surprises waiting in a nation on the edge of an emotional and social abyss.
Stephen Wright narrates Wylies adventures, and their shocking consequences, with word pictures as evocative as tabloid headlines. Whats waiting for Wylie in California shouldnt surprise any of us but it will in a novel filled with scathing humor, blistering satire, and searing truth.