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Willy Vlautin

Dan Eccles

Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Willy Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s "Too Much Water So Close to Home" that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published four novels: "The Motel Life," "Northline," "Lean on Pete" and "The Free." His fifth, "Don't Skip Out on Me," was published in 2019. Vlautin was also the founder and frontman of the critically acclaimed band Richmond Fontaine.

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Don't Skip Out on Me
Fiction / Literature
February 2019
ISBN 9780062684479
304 pages
$15.99, INSTOCK
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From award-winning author Willy Vlautin, comes this moving novel about a young ranch hand who goes on a quest to become a champion boxer to prove his worth. More/less

Lean on Pete
Fiction / Literature
April 2010
ISBN 9780061456534
304 pages
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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. More/less

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