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Don’t Skip Out on Me

Willy Vlautin

First novel in four years from the much-loved Willy Vlautin, of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. The paperback edition follows the cinema release of his IMPAC Prize shortlisted novel Lean on Pete.

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£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571301652
Date Published
17.01.2019
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Summary

FINALIST FOR THE 2019 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD

Meet Horace Hopper, a twenty-one-year-old farm hand in Tonopah, Nevada, who works for Mr Reece and his wife, the nearest thing he’s had to family in years.

But Horace, half-white half-Paiute Indian, dreams of bigger things. Leaving behind the farm and its fragile stability, he heads South to re-invent himself as the Mexican boxer Hector Hidalgo. Slowly, painfully, the possibility emerges that his dreams might not just be the delusions of a lost soul… but at what cost, and what of those he’s left behind?

Exploring the fringes of contemporary America, Don’t Skip Out on Me is an extraordinary work of compassion – a novel about the need for human connection and understanding – and essential reading, now more than ever.

Critic Reviews

Horace’s search for identity and meaning amid the white noise of urban life feels like a curiously relevant tale for us all.

Guardian
Critic Reviews

Vlautin is particularly adept at fleeting encounters and sorrowful glimpses that add a Homeric dimension . . . Such moments are what elevate Vlautin to literary greatness.

Ben Myers, New Statesman
Critic Reviews

Willy is a wonderful, wonderful writer . . . [recommended] with as many stars as there are in the heavens.

Arena
Critic Reviews

A moving story . . . another brilliant novel of cracked Americana from Vlautin, who deserves to be more widely read

Spectator
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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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