Harper Academic

Heaven's My Destination

A Novel

by Thornton Wilder

On Sale: 12/08/2020

Price: $16.99

Heaven's My Destination

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Heaven's My Destination

A Novel

by Thornton Wilder

On Sale: 12/08/2020

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Price: $16.99

About the Book

“If John Steinbeck’s mighty Grapes of Wrath is the tragic novel of the Great Depression, then Heaven’s My Destination is its comic masterpiece. —J.D. McClatchy

A hilarious tale about goodness in a fallen world, Heaven’s My Destination introduces George Marvin Brush, one of Thornton Wilder's most memorable characters. Brush, a traveling textbook salesman, is a fervent religious convert who is determined to lead a good life. With sad and sometimes hilarious consequences, his travels take him through smoking cars, bawdy houses, banks, and campgrounds from Texas to Illinois—and into the soul of Depression-era America itself.

This special edition includes an updated afterword by Wilder’s nephew, Tappan Wilder, with illuminating material about the author and book.

Critical Praise

“Brilliant and sharp. . . . Wilder’s best novel.” - Edmund Wilson, The New Republic

“Here is a book that provides total pleasure—a picaresque contemporary Candide or Don Quixote, written with both affection and a gimlet eye. . . . It reads like a loving comedy.”  - New Yorker

"One of the most American books ever written. . . . Thornton Wilder's best, and most unexpected, book." - Wilfrid Sheed

“A good sardonic etching of this most godless of American ages.” - Commonweal

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062990211
  • ISBN 10: 0062990217
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 12/08/2020
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.577 in (d)
  • Pages: 256
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Humorous / Black Humor