The Night Always Comes
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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.
The Night Always Comes is a masterclass of scope and scale - a nail-biting thriller of everyday survival. Relatable, terrifying, impassioned, and compassionate, Vlautin's latest will elevate you on one page and tear your heart out on the next. A marvelous novel that bleeds real, cuts deep, and offers just the right dose of hope.--Ivy Pochoda, Author of These Girls and Visitation Street
"This is a fast and worthy read that you may end up devouring in a few sittings -- it's that propulsive. --AARP
The story resonates, with characters we come to feel we know and dialogue that is so natural we hear it, not just read it....This is literary art that will keep readers in their seats until the last page.
--Library Journal (starred review)
"I finished reading this novel dripping with admiration for Willy Vlautin and the tough wonder he has brought forth. The Night Always Comes hits the high-water mark; there is skillful and beautiful objectivity to the writing, characters so real that when they bleed you get a few drops on your sleeve, and a story of economic want and desperation and heart." --Daniel Woodrell, Author of Winter's Bone and The Maid's Version
"Emotionally wrenching.... 'You never give up and you've got a good heart, a damaged heart, but a good heart.' We concur, of course, and race to the end to see if good hearts can maybe, just this once, make a difference. With Vlautin, you never know for sure."--Booklist (starred review)
"Willy Vlautin's The Night Always Comes is a tear-struck revelation--both epic and timely, intimate and clear-eyed. Only Vlautin could cross the harrowing emotional richness of A Woman Under the Influence with the breakneck desperation of the greatest of film noir. Lynette will have you from the first page and put you to the test a hundred times before the last. You'll finish knowing you'll never forget her."--Megan Abbott, Author of Give Me Your Hand and You Will Know Me
Remarkable, real, and tender, The Night Always Comes is a story of America, of the disenfranchised and the still hopeful, of a world littered with artifacts and so little opportunity. Willy Vlautin's characters blaze with honesty, fighting for their slim chance at the American dream, leaving us to wonder if it was all a charade. An amazing achievement.--Rene Denfeld, Author of The Butterfly Girl and The Child Finder
"The trick to writing a great thriller is both simple and very, very difficult: make us care about the person whose life is in jeopardy. I can't remember the last time I worried myself sick about a fictional character the way I did about Lynette in Willy Vlautin's terrific, big-hearted new novel The Night Always Comes. You won't soon forget either her or the fraught world she so courageously navigates."--Richard Russo, Author of Empire Falls and Chances Are...
"Vlautin offers a stunning, heartbreaking study of one woman's struggle against fate and circumstance in an America that's left her behind... This gritty page-turner sings with pitch-perfect prose, and [protagonist] Lynette's desperation is palpable. Vlautin has achieved a brilliant synthesis of Raymond Carver and Jim Thompson."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[Vlautin's] book plays out like a modern noir take on a Tennessee Williams play, its desperate characters harboring old resentments, its hard-luck heroine settling scores throughout a long, bloody night in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.... Vlautin has written a soulful thriller for the age of soulless gentrification."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)