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Lean on Pete
by Willy Vlautin


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" Vlautin] unearths a world Steinbeck would have recognised...where the American underclass still resides. Lean On Pete is an archetypal American novel, Huck Finn for the crystal-meth generation."
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Author Willy Vlautin a major realist talent ( Seattle Post Intelligencer ) who is often compared to Raymond Carver, John Steinbeck, and Denis Johnson returns with Lean on Pete , the story of a 15-year old boy struggling to make his way to a long lost aunt, who just might give him a home.  Read more...


 
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Overview

" Vlautin] unearths a world Steinbeck would have recognised...where the American underclass still resides. Lean On Pete is an archetypal American novel, Huck Finn for the crystal-meth generation."
Independent Extra

Author Willy Vlautin a major realist talent (Seattle Post Intelligencer) who is often compared to Raymond Carver, John Steinbeck, and Denis Johnson returns with Lean on Pete, the story of a 15-year old boy struggling to make his way to a long lost aunt, who just might give him a home. In the words of author Mark Billingham, Vlautin is a truly original voice. and] one of the best writers in America, and Lean on Pete is powerful, heartbreaking stuff.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061456534
  • ISBN-10: 0061456535
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: April 2010
  • Page Count: 277

Series: P.S.

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 28.
  • Review Date: 2010-02-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

A blend of road novel and not-quite hard luck story, the latest from Vlautin (The Motel Life) begins when 15-year-old Charley Thompson and his father move from Spokane, Wash. to Portland, Ore., to give starting over yet another try. When Charley’s dad takes up with a married secretary and stops coming home, Charley takes a job with Del Montgomery, a crank based out of the nearby racetrack who, among other things, shoots up a horse with vodka. After Charley’s father dies from wounds suffered during a fight with his lover’s husband, Charley, whom Vlautin has conveniently given the pastime of running, runs away with Pete, a horse and his only friend. This is where the narrative sours; Charley’s trek across the West, occasionally on horseback, is dominated by an unbelievable stretch of luck: men appear to dispense food and money, miraculously uninhabited trailers contain washers and dryers, and his hitchhiking is eerie, but not dangerous. Still, Vlautin’s characters, despite their unrealistic arcs, shine with his sparse style. It might be difficult to believe Charley’s bottomless cache of silver linings, but it’s remarkably easy to root for the kid. (Apr.)

 
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