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Meditations in Green

Meditations in Green

One of the greatest novels ever written out of the Vietnam war, by a writer who experienced it firsthand. Deployed to Vietnam with the U.S. Army’s 1069 Intelligence Group, Spec. 4 James Griffin starts out clear-eyed and hard-working, believing he can glide through the war unharmed. But the kaleidoscope of horrors he experiences gets inside him relentlessly. He collapses, gradually, in step with the exploding hell around him, and ends up unstrung, waiting for the cataclysm that will bring him home, dead or not.

Griffin survives, but back in the U.S. his battles intensify. Beset by addiction, he takes up meditating on household plants and attempts to adjust to civilian life. Through passages gorgeous, agonizing, and surreal, Stephen Wright paints a searing portrait of a nation driven to the brink by violence and deceit. Meditations in Green is a haunting exploration of the harrowing costs of war and yet-unhealed wounds, “the impact of an experience so devastating that words can hardly contain it.” (Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review)
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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Literary

On Sale: January 7th 2020

Price: $16.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 432

ISBN-13: 9780316427289

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Praise for Meditations in Green (1983)

"Precisely that brutal hallucination we desperately wanted to end." --Don DeLillo

"The best that any fiction about this war has offered." --Newsweek
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN WRIGHT

M31: A Family Romance (1988)

"Beautiful and terrifying. . . . M31 offers a big, bold look at the American family. It takes us far away and very close to home. . . . Stephen Wright is a . . . bright star in the literary sky." --San Francisco Chronicle

"M31 is a devastatingly forceful accomplishment and reestablishes its author as a star of the first magnitude." --The Washington Post Book World

"Mr. Wright's sentences buzz like high-tension wires. I enjoyed reading every word of M31, literally." --Russell Banks

Going Native (1994)

"An astonishing novel." --Toni Morrison

The Amalgamation Polka (2007)

"An extravagantly talented novelist. . . . For Wright, America, past and present, is Wonderland, a place of marvels and horrors from which not even the fortunate escape with their heads. " --Laura Miller, The New York Times Book Review

"This dark and lyrical tale of madness and prophecy speaks uncannily from within its period, in the tradition of heartbroken humor, which America's lapses of faith in its own promise have always evoked in the finest of our storytellers, among whom Stephen Wright here honorably takes his place." --Thomas Pynchon

"Quite simply an astonishing novel, brilliantly executed and beautifully written. Stephen Wright deserves to be famous and feted for it."
--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Praise for Processed Cheese

"Processed Cheese does for consumerism what Catch-22 did for war."—Stephen King, bestselling author of IT and The Shining
"In novel after unsparing novel-each one gorgeous, too, and full of awe- Stephen Wright has emerged as a kind of modern-day Socrates hectoring a complacent citizenry to have a good hard look at its collective delusions. With Processed Cheese, he's written a novel so outrageous and diagnostic of our current ills, it will prove much stronger than hemlock. If you hope to keep up your venality, America, your cruelties, and your death wish, better string this court jester up by his toes."—Joshua Ferris, author of The Dinner Party
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