Northline by Willy Vlautin
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Fleeing Las Vegas and her abusive boyfriend, Allison Johnson moves to Reno, intent on making a new life for herself. Haunted by the mistakes of her past, and lacking any self-belief, her only comfort seems to come from the imaginary conversations she has with Paul Newman, and the characters he played. But as life crawls on and she finds work, small acts of kindness start to reveal themselves to her, and slowly the chance of a new life begins to emerge. Full of memorable characters and imbued with a beautiful sense of yearning, Northline is an extraordinary portrait of contemporary America from a writer and musician whose work has been lauded as "mournful, understated, and proudly steeped in menthol smoke and bourbon" (New York Times Book Review).


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. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An unflinching look at people living on the edge in Vegas and Reno.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Northline: A Novel (P.S.)

The Guardian

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Maybe roots are Kentucky Fried Chicken and Taco Bell and Wendy's," says Dan as he and Allison watch an old family-run casino called Harold's Club get pulled down.

Mar 07 2008 | Read Full Review of Northline: A Novel (P.S.)

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Singer-novelist Vlautin’s second novel (after The Motel Life ) reads more like a movie treatment than a novel. Allison Johnson, 22, is a high school dropout

Feb 11 2008 | Read Full Review of Northline: A Novel (P.S.)

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