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Willy Vlautin - Author

About the Author

Described by Mojo as 'one of America's most fundamental artists in words and music' Willy Vlautin is the author of two highly acclaimed novels, The Motel Life (2005) and Northline (2007). He is also the frontman of the band Richmond Fontaine, whose albums include 'Post to Wire' and most recently 'We Used to think the Freeway sounded like a River'. An avid fan of horseracing, he can often be found writing behind a closed circuit monitor at Portland Meadows racetrack.

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Don't Skip Out on Me

Don't Skip Out on Me

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2019

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD Meet Horace Hopper, a twenty-one-year-old farm hand in Tonopah, Nevada, who works for Mr Reece and his wife, the nearest thing he's had to family in years. But Horace, half-white half-Paiute Indian, dreams of bigger things. Leaving behind the farm and its fragile stability, he heads South to re-invent himself as the Mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo. Slowly, painfully, the possibility emerges that his dreams might not just be the delusions of a lost soul. but at what cost, and what of those he's left behind? Exploring the fringes of contemporary America, Don't Skip Out on Me is an extraordinary work of compassion - a novel about the need for human connection and understanding - and essential reading, now more than ever.

Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home; food on the table; a high school he can attend for more than part of a year; and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father working at warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, he's been pretty much on his own for some time. Lean on Pete opens as he and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon and Charley takes a stables job, illegally, at the local race track. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly the last haven for washed up jockeys and knackered horses, but it's there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he's forced to try to make his own way in the world.

Don't Skip Out on Me

Don't Skip Out on Me

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2018

'Magnificent. Vlautin is now one of America's great writers.' RODDY DOYLE 'Vlautin is one of the bravest novelists writing.' URSULA K. LE GUIN Meet Horace Hopper, a twenty-one-year-old farm hand in Tonopah, Nevada, who works for Mr Reece and his wife, the nearest thing he's had to family in years. But Horace, half-white half-Paiute Indian, dreams of bigger things. Leaving behind the farm and its fragile stability, he heads South to re-invent himself as the Mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo. Slowly, painfully, the possibility emerges that his dreams might not just be the delusions of a lost soul. but at what cost, and what of those he's left behind? Exploring the fringes of contemporary America, Don't Skip Out on Me is an extraordinary work of compassion - a novel about the need for human connection and understanding - and essential reading, now more than ever.

Don't Skip Out on Me

Don't Skip Out on Me

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: eBook Release Date: 23/01/2018

Meet Horace Hopper, a twenty-one-year-old farm hand in Tonopah, Nevada, who works for Mr Reece and his wife, the nearest thing he's had to family in years.But Horace, half-white half-Paiute Indian, dreams of bigger things. Leaving behind the farm and its fragile stability, he heads South to re-invent himself as the Mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo. Slowly, painfully, the possibility emerges that his dreams might not just be the delusions of a lost soul. but at what cost, and what of those he's left behind?Exploring the fringes of contemporary America, Don't Skip Out on Me is an extraordinary work of compassion - a novel about the need for human connection and understanding - and essential reading, now more than ever.

Die Freien

Die Freien

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2015

Versehrt ist Leroy Kervin aus dem Einsatz im Irak zuruckgekehrt. Jetzt kampft er ums Uberleben. Und die Menschen an seiner Seite haben in ihrem Alltag nicht weniger zu kampfen: Fur Freddie McCall ist die Nachtschicht in Leroys Wohngruppe nur einer der Jobs, die er braucht, um die Arztrechnungen seiner Tochter zu bezahlen. Die Krankenschwester Pauline kampft verzweifelt um das Leben ihrer jungen Patientin Jo. Leroy schwebt zwischen Leben und Tod und sucht in Fiebertraumen nach Sinn. Fur die Helden dieses Buches sind die USA ein kaltes Land ohne Gnade. Freiheit? Fur die einfachen Menschen scheint es sie nicht zu geben. Es sind anrhrende Geschichten, die Willy Vlautin in seinem neuen Roman miteinander verwebt. Er gibt den Menschen ganz unten eine authentische Stimme und beweist sein Gespr fr ihre Sorgen und Nte, fr die prekre Schieflage, in der sein Land sich befindet. Das mutige Statement eines groen Autors.

The Free

The Free

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy has lived a half-life in a group home for eight years. Unable to bear it any longer, he commits a desperate act which helps him to disappear to another place. Freddie is the night porter at the home, who works two jobs yet can't make ends meet. Buried in debt from his younger daughter's medical bills, he's forced to consider a criminal proposition. Pauline is the nurse who tends Leroy, who lives her life in an uncomplicated way, emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway. An extraordinary portrait of contemporary America, and a testament to the resilience of the human heart, The Free is Willy Vlautin's most moving and affecting novel to date.

Willy Vlautin Collection

Willy Vlautin Collection

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: eBook Release Date: 11/11/2014

A collection of four novels by award-winning author Willy Vlautin.The Motel Life explores the frustration and failed dreams of two brothers on the run after a hit-and-run accident. Northline follows a young woman who, haunted by the mistakes of her past, flees Las Vegas for Reno, intent on making a new life for herself. In Lean on Pete, a newly orphaned fifteenyear-old boy struggling to make his way befriends a failing race horse and together they go on a journey to find a long lost relative who just might give him a home. In The Free, the lives of three memorable characters--a nurse, an Iraqi war vet, and a father--intersect as they confront issues including the cost of health care, the lack of economic opportunities, and the devastating scars of war as they look for meaning in distressing times.Through these novels, this "e;major realist talent"e; (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) illuminate the disquiet of modern American life captured through the experiences of ordinary people in difficult times, and provides a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.

Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2010

Nun also Portland. Neue Stadt, neues Gluck, hatte Charleys Vater gedacht, aber auch Portland bringt nur die alten Probleme. Und dann stirbt er, und Charley, 15, ist ganz auf sich allein gestellt. Der abgehalfterte Del Montgomery versucht, die Leute seit mindestens sechs Jahrzehnten ubers Ohr zu hauen, und heuert Charley an. Ab und zu bezahlt er ihn dafur, dass er sich um seine Pferde kummert. Es ist der Hengst Pete, der Charley besonders ans Herz wachst; er leidet mit ihm, wenn Del ihn fur ein paar Dollars bei illegalen Rennen verheizt, und nachts flustert er ihm ins Ohr, wie einsam er sich fuhlt. Als das Pferd an einen Metzger verkauft werden soll, haut Charley mit ihm ab. Er beschliet, seine Tante zu suchen, und diese Reise wird zu einer Odyssee, an deren Ende so etwas wie Hoffnung aufblitzt. Willy Vlautin macht es uns unmoglich, Charley nicht augenblicklich ins Herz zu schlieen. Und so wie Charley sich um Pete sorgt, fiebern wir mit und hoffen so sehr, dass seine Geschichte doch noch ein Happy End findet.

Northline

Northline

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2010

Allison wacht auf. Es ist fruh, und sie kann horen, wie ihr Freund auf dem Betonfuboden Liegestutze macht. Sie sieht zur unverputzten Decke, alles tut ihr weh und am Bein hat sie einen tiefblauen Fleck. Ihr Freund hat sie getreten, aber so genau wei sie das nicht mehr. Als Allison erfahrt, dass sie im dritten Monat schwanger ist, packt sie ein paar Kleider in einen Koffer und haut ab. Sie findet einen Job als Kellnerin, und ihr Baby muss sie zur Adoption freigeben. Es bleiben ihr der Alkohol und die Gesprache mit Paul Newman. Seine Filme kennt Allison auswendig, und immer wenn die Hoffnungslosigkeit am groten ist, denkt sie an ihn. Und er kommt und trostet sie.

Motel Life

Motel Life

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2010

Es ist kalt in Reno, der kleinen Spielerstadt in Nevada. Das Gluck hat Frank und Jerry Lee Flannigan langst im Stich gelassen. Die Mutter tot, der Vater ein versoffener Spieler, halten sie sich mit miesen Jobs uber Wasser, und die paar Dollars, die ihnen bleiben, verprassen sie mit Alkohol und in Casinos. Und dann uberfahrt Jerry Lee im Dunkel der Nacht einen kleinen Jungen. Er ist auf der Stelle tot. Am nachsten Morgen machen sich Frank und Jerry Lee aus dem Staub, eine Kiste Bier, eine Flasche Jim Beam und nicht einmal vierhundert Dollar im Gepack. Es tobt ein Schneesturm, und sie horen Tapes von Willie Nelson.

Northline

Northline

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/12/2008

Fleeing Las Vegas and her abusive boyfriend, Allison Johnson moves to Reno, but finds herself haunted by the mistakes of her past, and lacking any self-belief. Her only comfort seems to come from the imaginary conversations she has with her hero, Paul Newman. But, as life crawls on, small acts of kindness do start to reveal themselves and slowly the chance of a new life begins to emerge. Full of memorable characters and imbued with a beautiful sense of yearning, Northline is an extraordinary portrait of small-town America and an emotional tour de force.

Northline

Northline

Author: Willy Vlautin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2008

Fleeing Las Vegas and her abusive boyfriend, Allison Johnson moves to Reno, intent on making a new life for herself. But haunted by the mistakes of her past, and lacking any self-belief, her only comfort seems to come from the imaginary conversations she has with her hero, Paul Newman. But, as life crawls on and she finds work, small acts of kindness do start to reveal themselves and slowly the chance of a new life begins to emerge. Full of memorable characters and imbued with a beautiful sense of yearning, Northline is an extraordinary portrait of small-town America and an emotional tour de force from an author praised for his 'compassion and warmth' (The Times).