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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.
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Critic Reviews

"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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1 out of 5 stars
By deepdvr_ca on 12-13-14

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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2 out of 5 stars
By PKsweets on 10-09-16

Drunken vomit of a story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Wanted to like it but just don't know. It was wordy and polysyllabic, for the sake of being wordy and polysyllabic. Perhaps someone who likes wordy and polysyllabic stories that become pointless....

What could Rex Pickett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The basic story has a good premise, taking mom to live with her sister in a final road trip with a wine conference and sibling visit thrown in..... Same characters, but adding mom and the caregiver and adding all the similar Sideways hijinks just became tawdry and tedious. Drunken hook-ups and sex, drunken hook-ups and sex, drunken hook-ups and sex.......and on and on......

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

Snapper, the poor dog, he had the most odious owners......

What character would you cut from Vertical?

Half of the wine sluts could have been cut without notice.....

Any additional comments?

The scenery was accurately described (perhaps for the next movie?) but the sameness of the situations on this trip with the sexual escapades over and over again became mind numbing and you would write the scene before hearing it over and over.........

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