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.
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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.Read Full Review of Lean on Pete: A Novel (P.S.)
What Daniel Woodrell does for the hardscrabble Ozarks, Vlautin does for the underside of the New West.Read Full Review of Lean on Pete: A Novel (P.S.)
There is intensity in Vlautin's narration, and also beauty and power.Read Full Review of Lean on Pete: A Novel (P.S.)
Reading it, I was heartbroken and moved; enthralled and convinced. This is serious American literature.Read Full Review of Lean on Pete: A Novel (P.S.)
Lean On Pete, by author and musician Willy Vlautin, plumbs the depths of despair but finally rewards you with redemption.Read Full Review of Lean on Pete: A Novel (P.S.)
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