Sideways

A Novel

Rex Pickett

St. Martin's Griffin

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Sideways is the story of two friends-Miles and Jack-going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country. For Jack, the tasting tour is Seven Days to D-Day, his final stretch of freedom. For Miles--who has divorced his wife, is facing an uncertain career and has lost his passion for living-the trip is a weeklong opportunity to evaluate his past, his future and himself.

A raucous and surprising novel filled with wonderful details about wine, Sideways is also a thought-provoking and funny book about men, women, and human relationships.

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FRIDAY: UNCORKEDThe sun poured bright parallelograms of mote-swirling light through the venetian blinds of my rundown, rent-controlled house in Santa Monica. I was moving frenetically from bedroom to living room packing for a road trip with my best friend, Jack Cole. We were headed for the Santa Ynez Valley and a week of wine tasting before he was to be married the following Sunday. Though I couldn’t afford this impromptu excursion, I desperately needed to get out of L.A. The place was suffocating me, fueling paralyzing panic attacks that had been a chronic affliction of

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Praise for Sideways

"A fresh take... credit screenwriter Pickett for coming up with a debut that goes some distance... Skillful work about a friendship between two ultimately likeable guys."
- Kirkus Reviews

"[A] lively debut... Pickett takes his readers on a jolly ride."
- Publishers Weekly

"A buddy novel in the cinematic vein of Swingers... Pickett plays the sex-and-the-single man angle for all its worth here, nodding occasionally at such larger themes as friendship and romance. Call it Nick Hornby lite."
- Booklist

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About the Author

Rex Pickett

Rex Pickett lives in Los Angeles, CA. This is his first novel.

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Sideways
A Novel
Rex Pickett

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
October 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312342517
ISBN10: 0312342519
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
$16.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429907873
ISBN10: 1429907878
368 pages
$9.99
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