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The Night Always Comes

Willy Vlautin

Set over two days and two nights, the story of one woman’s resilience in the face of opportunism, greed and ever-narrowing choices.

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Terrific.’ Richard Russo
‘A revelation.’ Megan Abbott
‘Remarkable.’ Rene Denfeld

Between looking after her brother, working two low-paid jobs, and trying to take part-time college classes, Lynette is dangerously tired. Every penny she’s earned for years, she’s put into savings, trying to scrape together enough to take out a mortgage on the house she rents with her mother. Finally becoming a homeowner in their rapidly gentrifying Portland neighbourhood could offer Lynette the kind of freedoms she’s never had. But, when the plan is derailed, Lynette must embark on a desperate odyssey of hope and anguish.

Written with all Willy Vlautin’s characteristic and heart-wrenching empathy, The Night Always Comes holds up a mirror to a society which leaves too many people only a step away from falling between the cracks.

What readers are saying:
‘Amazing . . . Vlautin hit the nail on the head with this. I could not stop thinking about the characters and where the story would take them.’

‘WOW. This book hit me hard . . . I was on the edge of my seat.’

‘The book pulls you into the story and you can’t wait to find out what happens next.’

‘Fabulous . . . part suspenseful action and part deep character study.

Critic Reviews

This is a novel that lives firmly in the melancholia of the city’s gentrification, hurtling readers through one woman’s desperation to keep her life afloat in a city that’s pushing its working class out, one razed lot at a time.

New York Times
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[Vlautin] has particular eye for setpieces... his hardscrabble characters and their vanishing dreams have the tang of authenticity.

Daily Mail
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The Night Always Comes is a rare example of art that matters—a rare example of a novel that is heartbreaking, but also a combative condemnation of American injustice, while also a love letter to the beleaguered working class, and still damn fun to read.

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It’s propulsive, moving, dark and full of hope and heart. He’s a genius. My book of the year.

Craig Silvey, Sydney Morning Herald
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Vlautin’s finest work to date, marrying his typical deep empathy for troubled characters with a robust and dynamic plot reminiscent of classic American noir crime fiction . . . All of this is done with a prose style that sings with simple clarity, like an arrow straight at the reader’s heart. Extraordinary stuff.

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A tear-struck revelation - both epic and timely, intimate and clear-eyed ... 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

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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