Sideways (novel)

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Cover to an early edition
Author Rex Pickett
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Publication date
June 2004
Media type Print (Paperback) also Audio Book
Pages 368 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-312-32466-9 (paperback edition)
OCLC 53951011
813/.6 22
LC Class PS3566.I316 S55 2004
Followed by Vertical

Sideways is a 2004 novel by Rex Pickett.[1]

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.

Film adaptation[edit]

In 2004, the novel was made into a film, Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne.[2] 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.[3]

A third part focuses on Chilean wineries and was published in February 2015.[4]