Going Native

Going Native

by Stephen Wright
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Stephen Wright is an extraordinarily gifted writer who has been entirely under-read by the general public. This is a tragedy. Wright studied at the famed Iowa Writer's Workshop, taught with the likes Toni Morrison and Russell Banks, and has written two other amazing novels, Mediations in Green and M31: A Family Romance. In this brutal look at this culture and its obsessions, Wright turns a virtuoso artist's skill with language loose on an unsuspecting world, probing deeply into the darkest corner of the human psyche without apology. His protagonist is a psychopath he will not ever let you truly meet; the arbitrariness of his actions is painfully contrasted with the pain or violence he leaves behind on others. Wright's meticulous descriptions of some of the shadiest landscapes of America, countered by hilarious and realistic dialogue, produce a penetrating and thought-provoking work of fiction. The terrible climactic scene near the novel's end, occuring in the comfort of an unlucky couple's seemingly peaceful residence, is the kind of conclusion you want to turn away from, but thanks to Wright's grip on your heart - throat - you cannot. If you have the stomach for it, read this novel: Wright knows art is about truth, and this is the truest look at life in a secular, unfeeling culture you can find on the shelves. All praise due to Vintage for reprinting this superb writer's work.