Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
A Novel (P.S.)

78%

6 Critic Reviews

Lean On Pete, by author and musician Willy Vlautin, plumbs the depths of despair but finally rewards you with redemption.
-Scotsman.com

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table, and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, Charley's been pretty much on his own. When tragic events leave him homeless weeks after their move to Portland, Oregon, Charley seeks refuge in the tack room of a run-down horse track. Charley's only comforts are his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete and a photograph of his only known relative. In an increasingly desperate circumstance, Charley will head east, hoping to find his aunt who had once lived a thousand miles away in Wyoming—but the journey to find her will be a perilous one.

In Vlautin's third novel, Lean on Pete, he reveals the lives and choices of American youth like Charley Thompson who were failed by those meant to protect them and who were never allowed the chance to just be a kid.

 

About Willy Vlautin

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Willy Vlautin is the author of The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete, and the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine. He currently resides in Scappoose, Oregon.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Lean on Pete
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Jane Smiley on Feb 19 2010

Given the ambition of Lean on Pete and Willy Vlautin's skill at limning character, it's something of a puzzle that the novel isn't more affecting.

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The Telegraph

Good
on Sep 09 2010

Lean on Pete is a brutal novel, all the more brutal for being told in such plain, unfussed prose – and all the more compelling for that, too.

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Booklist Online

Good
on Apr 15 2010

What Daniel Woodrell does for the hardscrabble Ozarks, Vlautin does for the underside of the New West.

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The Seattle Times

Good
on Apr 22 2010

There is intensity in Vlautin's narration, and also beauty and power.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
on Apr 24 2010

Reading it, I was heartbroken and moved; enthralled and convinced. This is serious American literature.

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Scotsman.com

Above average
on Feb 06 2010

Lean On Pete, by author and musician Willy Vlautin, plumbs the depths of despair but finally rewards you with redemption.

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