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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. Publishing just ahead of the cinema release of his IMPAC Prize shortlisted novel Lean on Pete.

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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.

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This is magnificent. Vlautin is now one of America's great writers.

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Beautifully crushing and complete.

JOHN DOE, co-founder of X
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Vlautin will break your heart ... he's the champion of the marginalised, the traumatised, the lonely and the bereft ... Don't Skip Out on Me is his best novel yet.

JONATHAN EVISON, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

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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