Lifestyle Over Life: Stephen Wright’s Vision of America

Wright’s darkly comic novel burrows into our hollow cravings, and finds more hollowness.

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I think that America’s failure to recognize Wright’s greatness is a condemnation of a literary establishment that continues to reward the kind of mellifluous writing that conveys what reviewers like to call a perfect emotional pitch.

Wright looks beyond America’s sugarcoated veneer of respectability with a clear vision of the ridiculously hideous place this country has become. He isn’t trying to soothe us. He is asking us if we are long past the point of redemption.

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