Going Native by Stephen Wright

This extraordinary work that was met with both critical and popular acclaim in hardcover reads like a frightening, resonant nineties version of Jack Kerouac'sOn The Road. Author Stephen Wright transports readers from the claustrophobia of the suburbs to the freedom of the open road and the pursuit of the American dream--or nightmare--in this remarkable novel that reveals the darkest side of our civilized society. It begins with the story of Wylie Jones, a nice man who walks out of a backyard barbecue and embarks on a postmodern adventure of disturbing proportions. Stealing his neighbor's Ford Galaxy 500, he traverses a country filled with unexpected turmoil--where crackheads lurk in the suburbs, a lesbian couple run a Las Vegas wedding chapel, and a fabulous L.A. dinner party is blown to bits. By turns scathing and hilarious, outrageous and on-targetGoing Nativeis the story of one man's odyssey into the heart of darkness at the center of contemporary American life.

The 2310th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 13th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  2. - The 80 Books Every Man Should Read (Esquire)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Going Native Paperback 2396313 $0.65 $0.01 1995
By Stephen Wright Going Native (1st First Edition) [Hardcover] Hardcover 1136297 $33.02 $14.44 1994
Going Native Hardcover 982072 $20.00 $2.54 1994
Going Native Paperback 9845296 $6.74 $2.00
Going Native Paperback 8475082 $0.93
Going Native Paperback 791525 $26.26 $2.25 2005
Going Native Kindle Edition 908594 $11.99 2020