With "echoes of Of Mice and Men"(The Bookseller, UK), The Motel Life explores the frustrations and failed dreams of two Nevada brothers--on the run after a hit-and-run accident--who, forgotten by society, and short on luck and hope, desperately cling to the edge of modern life.
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About the AuthorWilly Vlautin is the author of several novels including, The Motel Life which has been made into a movie starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hersh, and Stephen Dorff; Northline; Lean on Pete which won two Oregon Book Awards; and Don't Skip Out on Me, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and a member of the band The Delines. He lives outside Portland, Oregon.
"Vlautin's coiled, poetically matter-of-fact prose calls to mind S.E.Hinton."--Publishers Weekly
"Slighter than Carver, less puerile than Bukowski, Vlautin...manages to lay claim to the same blearyeyed territory, and...to make it new."--New York Times Book Review, EDITOR'S CHOICE
"A natural for the bigscreen and in fact Babel and 21 Grams writer Guillermo Arriaga has bought the film rights..."--Salt Lake City Tribune
"Both heartbreaking and inspirational...written...with a simple hypnotic tone that seems as if it was grown in the Reno heat."--Associated Press ASAP
"The furthest Vlautin's men can move is in circles, shackled to their dysfunctions and their meager paychecks..."--San Francisco Weekly
"I'm floored...This book feel so damn real, so powerful, so much like life, even if it's not yours."--Jonathan Zwickel, The Stranger