Don’t Skip Out on Me
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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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.
Horace’s search for identity and meaning amid the white noise of urban life feels like a curiously relevant tale for us all.
Vlautin is particularly adept at fleeting encounters and sorrowful glimpses that add a Homeric dimension . . . Such moments are what elevate Vlautin to literary greatness.
Willy is a wonderful, wonderful writer . . . [recommended] with as many stars as there are in the heavens.
A moving story . . . another brilliant novel of cracked Americana from Vlautin, who deserves to be more widely read
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