Heaven's My Destination: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Sep 16, 2003 - Fiction - 240 pages
21 Reviews

Drawing on such unique sources as the author's unpublished letters, business records, and obscure family recollections, Tappan Wilder's Afterword adds a special dimension to the reissue of this hilarious tale about goodness in a fallen world.

Meet George Marvin Brush -- Don Quixote come to Main Street in the Great Depression, and one of Thornton Wilder's most memorable characters. George 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 America itself.


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User Review  - Kate Blumenthal - Goodreads

This is quite an amazing book. I am in the camp of those who view it as a masterpiece. I can't do it justice in a review. The emotional landscape is somewhere between Candide, Don Quixote and Canterbury Tales. I really liked the hero, even while he was driving me crazy. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan Rosenbaum - Goodreads

One of the greatest of comic American novels, and I continue to be amazed that more readers aren't familiar with it. Like Thornton Wilder's other comic works, it's also very, very serious, and it ... Read full review


George Brush tries to save some souls in Texas
Oklahoma City Chiefly conversation
Good times at Camp Morgan Dick Roberts
Further good times at Camp Morgan Important
Kansas City Queenies boardinghouse First
Kansas City Sunday dinner at Ma Crofuts
Three adventures of varying educational
Ozarksville Missouri Rhoda May Gruber
Ozarksville Missouri George Brush meets
A road in Missouri Chiefly conversation
Kansas City Serious conversation in a park
George Brush loses something Last news
Afterword by Tappan Wilder

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Thornton Wilder (1897–1975) was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928 for The Bridge of San Luis Rey, the second of his seven novels, and received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Our Town in 1938 and The Skin of Our Teeth in 1943. Wilder's hit play The Matchmaker was adapted as the musical Hello, Dolly! His work is widely read and produced around the world to this day, and his screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943) remains a classic psycho-thriller. Wilder's many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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