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Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
  

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This is contemporary American fiction at its best. Painting a world that Steinbeck would recognise, this extraordinary novel, with fifteen year old Charley Thompson at its centre, explores the realities of life on the margins of contemporary American society. We agree with the author Mark Billingham who describes the book as ‘Powerful and heartbreaking stuff’.

If you like Willy Vlautin you might also like to read books by David Vann, Philippe Meyer and Glenn Taylor.

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Synopsis

Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

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.

Reviews

An archetypal American novel, Huck Finn for the crystal-meth generation...a sad, often brutal, but oddly beautiful portrait of an America that's forgotten only because we choose not to remember its continuing existence. --Independent Extra


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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Publication date

3rd March 2011

Author

Willy Vlautin

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
288 pages
Interest Age: From 0 to 0 years

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571235735

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