Vlautin, Willy Lean on Pete (P.S.)

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Lean on Pete (P.S.)

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Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home; food on the table; a high school he can attend for more than part of a year; and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father working at warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, he's been pretty much on his own for some time.

Lean on Pete opens as he and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon and Charley takes a stables job, illegally, at the local race track. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly the last haven for washed up jockeys and knackered horses, but it's there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he's forced to try to make his own way in the world.

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'Comparisons with Steinbeck and Carver are richly deserved, yet Vlautin's is a truly original voice. LEAN ON PETE is powerful, heartbreaking stuff. Just three novels in and he is already one of the best writers in America.' --Mark Billingham

'He is a master at paring loneliness and longing from his characters ... and always sustaining them, and the reader, with hope.' --Sarah Hall

'A superb evocation of adolescence, loss and, ultimately hope, LEAN ON PETE confirms Willy Vlautin as one of the finest American writers of his generation.' --John Connolly

"An archetypal American novel, Huck Finn for the crystal-meth generation...a sad, often brutal, but oddly beautiful portrait of an America that's forgotten only because we choose not to remember its continuing existence." --Independent Extra

'An enthralling work ... this book has qualities of grace and sympathy that make it impossible to put down.' --Sunday Business Post

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Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin is an unforgettable story of a friendship and of hope in dark times.

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