Vertical, the sequel to Sideways

on 03/03/11 at 2:50 pm

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Miles and Jack are back.

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’s mom, has suffered a stroke that’s left her wheel-chair 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 a Pinot Noir festival in Oregon, he hatches a harebrained road trip. With Jack as his co-pilot, he leases a handicapped-equipped rampvan, 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.

Hilarious, steeped in wine, Vertical‘s tragi-comic-epic journey takes Sideways in a new and ultimately deeply moving direction.

~ from the back jacket of Vertical

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