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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: The Wright Design Group Publishing; 1st edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615317650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615317656
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,406,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Read my novel, and you'll find out more about me than you'd ever want to know. But here are a few more facts:

* I live in Denver, Colorado.

* Though white, I grew up on a Native American Reservation in Arizona (with the Tohono O'odham -- then known as the Papago -- tribe)

* I helped produce, wrote the scripts for, and did much of the grunt work for a locally produced TV sitcom (it was admittedly cheesy, but a WHOLE lot of fun!)

* I wrote the script for a silent film that is now included in the library of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and several short films of my own

* I make my living as a techie. Until I can get rich as a writer

* Writing is my passion. I don't know why. I guess I think I have something to say others might care about. If I'm wrong, please don't tell me.

* For some years I was probably the most successful movie writer that NEVER got a #%@! hollywood movie produced! Close, but no cigar.

* I'm married (sorry ladies) with an awesome wife and two sweet daughters.

Much more information on http://stephenewright.com
or check out my blog at http://blog.stephenewright.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Beyers on November 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Stories of spiritual and personal redemption are risky for a writer. Too often, they're either a morality play in print, or a "heartwarming tale" fit for an after-school special. Author Stephen Wright avoids both extremes to give readers a novel that's pleasingly uncomfortable.

We squirm as fast-rising entrepreneur Paul Archer tries and fails to fit in with the family he's distanced himself from. We then celebrate when Paul reconnects with his brother and father, even if his attempts are often strained and awkward. Wright reels us in because these moments feel real rather than contrived. As readers, we're better off for the effort. "Off Road" is a literary adventure worth taking.

[Full disclosure: the author asked me to help him edit this book, and I was glad to do it.]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Miller on December 21, 2009
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Debut novels are always a risk. Some people are not called to be writers and they will not accept that fate until their first novel fails. Others have the talent and vision, but never bother mastering the basics of structure, plot, and character. Stephen Wright has not only written a powerful first novel, he has done so with the skill and finese many famous writers lack.

"Off-Road" chronicles the adventures large and small of Paul Archer, a struggling entrepeneur well on the way to fame and fortune who has sacrificed every relationship he has ever had in order to get there. When faced with choosing between an off-road camping trip with his estranged family or facing the fury of his current girlfriend, Paul heads off-road and learns a lot of life lessons he skipped over in childhood. Not only does he reconnect with his family, he repairs the relationship with his girlfriend and in doing so, matures into adulthood in a way he never expected.

Mastery is evident on every single page. The characters are both iconic and individual, the descriptions are lucid and riveting, cliches are absent, and the technical aspects of guns and big trucks are spot on. As if that were not enough, even the theology is fully inline with contemporary evangelical Christianity without ever becoming preachy or condescending.

It is a very rare thing to find a novel that excels in both writing craft and technical accuracy. To find such a novel in the debut work of a new writer approaches miraculous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Houtz on November 27, 2009
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What I really liked about this book was the story about family. Not all families are as badly damaged as the Archers, but most of us know what it is when a family grows up and all the members go off in different directions. Except in this case they didn't just go off in different directions, they ran from each other and avoided each other and built their own worlds.

But like the book says, family are the people that come at 2:00 a.m. when you need them, and that's what happens here. The men are thrown together on a camping trip, an "off-roading" camping trip, and they find that they still love each other. And they have more in common than they thought. And they're still there for each other -- whether it's saving a truck from falling over a cliff or keeping someone from making the mistake of a lifetime.

I laughed at the beginning and got teary eyed at the end, but I never got bored.

There's also a great deal about faith that's very personal and interesting, and some stuff about guns and big trucks that's not really my cup of tea. But it was an interesting journey, and I'm glad I took it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M Rockey on November 30, 2009
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As a woman and mother who read this I'm not really interested in guns or big trucks, but the characters are riveting. It's men being men out in the woods, and it's interesting to watch the interaction. And living in Colorado I also liked the view of the Colorado mountains and camping.

But what made this good was seeing the characters, two brothers, trying to work out their differences and come together as a family. And then there was the suspense as to what the father was going to do and why they kept talking about the little sister who was murdered when they were kids.

I assumed this was a book for men, but I really enjoyed it as well. I'd recommend it to anyone.
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