Willy Vlautin, author of The Free, on tour February 2014

Posted By on November 30, 2013

The Free

About The Free

• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (February 4, 2014)

In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters looking for meaning in distressing times.

Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy Kervin has lived in a group home for eight years. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.

Freddie McCall, the night man at Leroy’s group home, works two jobs yet still can’t make ends meet. He’s lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative—and dangerous—proposition.

Pauline Hawkins, a nurse, cares for the sick and wounded, including Leroy. She also looks after her mentally ill elderly father. Yet she remains emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway who touches something deep and unexpected inside her.

In crystalline prose, both beautiful and devastating, this “major realist talent” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) considers the issues transforming ordinary people’s lives—the cost of health care, the lack of economic opportunity, the devastating scars of war—creating an extraordinary contemporary portrait that is also a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.

Willy VlautinAbout Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin is the author of four novels: The Motel LifeNorthlineLean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book Awards, and The Free. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and lives in Scappoose, Oregon.

Find out more about Willy at his website and connect with him on Facebook.

Bonus! Click here to hear/download music that Willy made for the book, watch the trailer, and much more!

Willy’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, February 4th: Love at First Book

Wednesday, February 5th: Man of La Book

Friday, February 7th: A Patchwork of Books

Monday, February 10th: Between the Covers

Tuesday, February 11th: Books Speak Volumes

Wednesday, February 12th: My Book Retreat

Thursday, February 13th: Anita Loves Books

Tuesday, February 18th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Wednesday, February 19th: Mel’s Shelves

Thursday, February 20th: Olduvai Reads

Monday, February 24th: River City Reading

Thursday, February 27th: Reading on a Rainy Day

Monday, March 3rd: Booksie’s Blog

Tuesday, March 4th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Wednesday, May 5th: The House of the Seven Tails

Friday, March 14th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]


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