Lean on Pete
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About the Author
Willy Vlautin is the author of the novels The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, The Free, and Don't Skip Out on Me. He is the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. He lives outside Portland Oregon.
"Willy Vlautin, plumbs the depths of despair but finally rewards you with redemption."--Sunday Mercury
"For anyone with a sentimental attachment to beasts of an equine nature, a river of tears awaits."--The List, UK
"Lean on Pete reminds me of the best parts of Gus Van Sant's beautiful film My Own Private Idaho. Willy's voice is pure and his stories universal. He never loses hope or heart and I believe every word he's written."--Barry Gifford
"Spare and unadorned, but nevertheless poetic...full of boundless compassion for the dispossessed and rootless."--Uncut Magazine (FIVE STARS)
"The comparisons with Steinbeck and Carver are richly deserved, yet Vlautin is a truly original voice...powerful, heartbreaking stuff. Just three novels in and Vlautin is already one of the best writers in America."--Mark Billingham
"Among my favourite novels of the year have been Willy Vlautin's Lean on Pete which is possibly his bleakest yet."--New Statesman, "Books of the Year"
"Willy Vlautin's novels are clean as a bone, companionable, and profound. He is a master at paring loneliness and longing from his characters, issuing them through downturns, trials and transience without starving their humanity, and always sustaining them, and the reader, with ordinary hope."--Sarah Hall
"Lean on Pete confirms his status as one of the most emotionally charged writers in America... Vlautin's characters, memorable however curtailed their cameos might be, become a sketchbook of America...The band has to be a hobby now. Vlautin is a writer."--Sunday Herald, UK
"The writing is spare and straightforward...There is intensity in Vlautin's narration, and also beauty and power...Vlautin's major accomplishment lies in posing a damning question: How could we, as a society, have allowed this to happen?"--Seattle Times
"Arguably his best so far...If you like melancholy Americana Vlautin's writing is for you."--Bookseller (London), "Bookseller's Choice"
"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