Lean on Pete

By Willy Vlautin
(Faber & Faber, Paperback, 9780571235735)

Publication Date: March 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2010 Indie Next List
“Vlautin's third, and arguably best, book is the harrowing and heartbreaking story of a high school- age boy in Portland, Oregon, who is set adrift when his father dies. With no resources and nowhere else to go, he sets out to find an aunt who may or may not still be in Wyoming. Vlautin's prose is skillfully without artifice, telling the story directly and cleanly, and we ache as our protagonist tries to make his way in an indifferent and, sometimes, dangerous world.”
-- Kevin Ryan, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA


Description

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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