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Willy Vlautin

Biography

Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin is the author of THE FREE, LEAN ON PETE, NORTHLINE, THE MOTEL LIFE and DON'T SKIP OUT ON ME. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and a member of the band The Delines. He lives outside Portland, Oregon.

Willy Vlautin

Books by Willy Vlautin

by Willy Vlautin - Fiction

Horace Hopper has spent most of his life on a Nevada sheep ranch, but dreams of something bigger. Mr. and Mrs. Reese took him in and treated him like a son, intending to leave the ranch in his hands. But Horace feels as if he doesn’t belong on the ranch, or anywhere, and decides to leave the only loving home he’s known to prove his worth as a championship boxer. Reinventing himself as Hector Hildago, a scrappy Mexican boxer, he heads to Tucson and begins training and entering fights. His journey brings him to boxing rings across the Southwest and Mexico, and finally to the streets of Las Vegas, where Horace learns he can’t change who he is or outrun his destiny.

by Willy Vlautin - Fiction

With "echoes of OF MICE AND MEN"(The Bookseller, UK), THE MOTEL LIFE explores the frustrations and failed dreams of two Nevada brothers --- on the run after a hit-and-run accident --- who, forgotten by society, and short on luck and hope, desperately cling to the edge of modern life.