Sideways (novel)

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Cover to an early edition
AuthorRex Pickett
CountryUnited States
GenreFiction, comedy
PublisherSt. Martin's Griffin
Publication date
June 2004
Media typePrint (Paperback) also Audio Book
Pages368 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN0-312-32466-9 (paperback edition)
813/.6 22
LC ClassPS3566.I316 S55 2004
Followed byVertical 

Sideways is a 2004 novel by Rex Pickett.[1] The novel is the first in the Sideways Trilogy.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel is the story of two friends, Miles and Jack, who go away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single. During the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country. Pickett says that the character Jack is based on his friend Roy Gittens,[2] a film electrician.[3]

Film adaptation[edit]

In 2004, the novel was made into a film, Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne.[4] Although the film largely follows the book's outline, there are multiple differences between the two, especially regarding the two main characters' involvement with the two women during the course of their trip. Pickett describes the screenplay as "faithfully" adapted from his novel.[citation needed]


A self-published sequel to the original novel entitled Vertical and written by Rex Pickett was released in September 2010. Payne has indicated that he is not interested in directing a sequel to the film based on Vertical. Fox Searchlight owns the rights to the characters, but Payne's lack of interest makes the film a non-starter for Fox.[5]

A third novel, entitled Sideways 3 Chile, focuses on Chilean wineries and was published in 2015.[6]


  1. ^ The Guardian
  2. ^ Lyons, Will (March 23, 2012). "How Pinot Continues to Influence 'Sideways'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Roy Gittens on IMDb
  4. ^ The New York Times
  5. ^ Mercer, Chris. "Sideways 2 film unlikely, says author". Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  6. ^