Willy Vlautin

‘Resonant and full of compassion.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Exceptional.’ Independent

‘A novel that has the spare, devastating clarity and profundity of Raymond Carver.’ Metro

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‘Vlautin is nothing less than the Dylan of the dislocated.’ Independent on Sunday

At twenty-two, Allison Johnson is a lost young woman in need of a new start. Down among the lowlifes in Las Vegas, clinging to drink and to Jimmy, the abusive boyfriend whose child she is expecting, she has hit rock bottom. So when the opportunity arises to escape, Allison knows she must take it. She reaches Reno with just a few dollars and her ever-present best friend – Paul Newman. And as she struggles to start a better life it is imaginary conversations with the movie star’s greatest characters and real acts of kindness from people she barely knows that might just rescue her from the difficult world she has found herself in.

‘Vlautin has written the American novel I’ve been hoping to find.’ George Pelecanos

‘A compassionate look at everyday, ordinary people struggling to make a new life for themselves in America.’ Herald

Critic Reviews

A *very* fine novel, written, with a daring, truly courageous directness. I can only look forward to Willy's next book with eager anticipation (that is definitely an understatement). If there is anything I can do to help spread the word, let me know. Writers of this quality - courageous, powerful, wonderfully compassionate - are rare, and need to be treasured.

John Burnside
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Full of tenderness, truth and life. I haven't read a novel this good in a long, long time.

Guillermo Arriaga, writer of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and The Three Burials...

Willy Vlautin is the author of five novels, including The Motel Life; Lean on Pete, which was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into an acclaimed film by Andrew Haigh; and Don’t Skip Out on Me, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Vlautin lives outside of Portland, Oregon, and is the founding member of the…

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