Riding Toward Everywhere (Paperback)

By William T. Vollmann

Harper Perennial, 9780061256769, 206pp.

Publication Date: December 23, 2008



Arelentlessly curious, endlessly sensitive, and unequivocally adventurous examiner of human existence, William T. Vollmann now takes to the rails. In the company of experienced fellow train-hopper Steve, Vollmann trawls the secretive waters of a unique underground lifestyle--subjecting both our national romance with and skepticism about the hobo life to his finely tuned, analytical eye. Carrying on in the footloose tradition of Huckleberry Finn, he offers a moving, strikingly modern vision of the American dream, brilliantly exploring both our deeply ingrained romanticizing of "freedom" and the myriad ways we restrict the very freedoms we profess to admire.

Praise For Riding Toward Everywhere

“A writer whose books tower over the work of his contemporaries.”
-Washington Post Book World

“A monster; monster talent, ambition, and accomplishment.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Intrepid journalist and novelist William T. Vollman’s colossal body of work stands unsurpassed for its range, moral imperative, and artistry.”

“An immense literary talent.”
-New York Times