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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Willy Vlautin
  • ISBN:
    0061456535
  • ISBN13:
    978-0061456534
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  • Publisher:
    Harper Perennial; 1 edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Pages:
    304 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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Vlautin's third novel, Lean on Pete, is the story of a 15-year-old boy . Cheryl Strayed of The Oregonian states "By the time ‘Lean on Pete’ reaches its sweet but unsentimental end, Charley Thompson isn’t a character in a novel, but a boy readers have come to love. Lean on Pete’ riveted me.

Vlautin's third novel, Lean on Pete, is the story of a 15-year-old boy who works and lives on a rundown race track in Portland, Oregon, and befriends a failed race horse named Lean on Pete. Eileen Battersby of the Irish Times stated As one boy’s journey, Lean on Pete is as real as blood: as a novel it is remarkable.

Lean on Pete is the story of a boy and his horse, but it is never heart-warming – it ranges in. .Given the ambition of Lean on Pete and Willy Vlautin's skill at limning character, it's something of a puzzle that the novel isn't more affecting

Lean on Pete is the story of a boy and his horse, but it is never heart-warming – it ranges in tone from desperate to merely painful – and, while fascinating, it is never entertaining or redemptive. Given the ambition of Lean on Pete and Willy Vlautin's skill at limning character, it's something of a puzzle that the novel isn't more affecting. One problem is that Charley has, and maybe can have, no actual relationships.

Lean on Pete a novel Willy Vlautin Dedication For Lee Epigraph It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we.Praise for Lean on Pete. Also by Willy Vlautin. Chapter 1. When I woke up that morning it was still pretty early.

Lean on Pete a novel Willy Vlautin Dedication For Lee Epigraph It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would. Summer had just begun and from where I lay in my sleeping bag I could see out the window. There were hardly any clouds and the sky was clear and blue. I looked at the Polaroid I had taped to the wall next to where I slept. It shows my aunt and me sitting by a river; she has on a swimsuit.

Willy Vlautin’s award-winning novel Lean on Pete, a moving and compassionate story about a fifteen-year old-boy's unlikely connection to a failing racehorse as he struggles to find a place to call home-now a major motion picture from A24, the studio behind Moonlight and Lady.

Willy Vlautin’s award-winning novel Lean on Pete, a moving and compassionate story about a fifteen-year old-boy's unlikely connection to a failing racehorse as he struggles to find a place to call home-now a major motion picture from A24, the studio behind Moonlight and Lady Bird, starring Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, with Travis Fimmel and Steve Buscemi, and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking). Lean on Pete riveted me. Reading it, I was heartbroken and moved; enthralled and convinced. This is serious American literature.

Lean on Pete: A Novel. Willy Vlautin's award-winning novel follows the story of a newly orphaned fifteen-year old-boy struggling to make his way to a long lost aunt, who just might give him a home-now a major motion picture starring Chloë Sevigny (American Horror Story), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) and Travis Fimmel (Warcraft) and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking). In Lean on Pete, Willy Vlautin 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.

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. 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.

Willy Vlautin is a novelist and singer/songwriter for Richmond Fontaine. Thanks to John Cleere and the Book Centre in Waterford for hosting a reading for Willy before The Delines sold out gig at St. Patrick’s. 29 September at 18:24 ·.

Vlautin's third novel, Lean on Pete, is the story of a 15-year-old boy who works and lives on a rundown race track in Portland, Oregon and befriends a failed race horse named Lean on Pete. The novel won two Oregon Book Awards: the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Peoples Choice Award. As a novelist, Vlautin has cited writers such as John Steinbeck, Raymond Carver, Barry Gifford, and William Kennedy as influences. HIs writing is highly evocative of the American West; all three of his novels being set in and around Oregon, Nevada and New Mexico.

Title: Lean on Pete (2017). Based on a novel by Willy Vlautin and set in the Pacific Northwest, Charley lives with his single and much traveled dad (Travis Fimmel, "Maggie's Plan") who has come to Portland to work as a forklift driver

Title: Lean on Pete (2017). Based on a novel by Willy Vlautin and set in the Pacific Northwest, Charley lives with his single and much traveled dad (Travis Fimmel, "Maggie's Plan") who has come to Portland to work as a forklift driver. Unlike the quiet, polite Charley, Ray is blustery and macho, but there is no doubt about his love for his son, although he often leaves him alone.

Willy Vlautin’s award-winning novel Lean on Pete, a moving and compassionate story about a fifteen-year old-boy's unlikely connection to a failing racehorse as he struggles to find a place to call home—now a major motion picture from A24, the studio behind Moonlight and Lady Bird, starring Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, with Travis Fimmel and Steve Buscemi, and directed by Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Looking).

“Lean on Pete riveted me. Reading it, I was heartbroken and moved; enthralled and convinced. This is serious American literature.”—Cheryl Strayed, Oregonian

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 Lean on Pete, Willy Vlautin 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.

 


luisRED
I came across this book because an author I enjoy reading and follow on Goodreads had read it for his book club and really enjoyed it. Prior to that, I had never heard of it before. That is how I find out about a lot of great books though – reviews by others on Goodreads. Anyone can find out about books on the best seller list but reviews and recommendations by others introduce me to many more wonderful books, new and old.

This novel is about a 15 year old who is pretty much on his own – he doesn’t know his mother and his father is never around. Throw in the fact that his father moves him around fairly often and therefore doesn’t have friends to lean on, he is truly raising himself. He finds friendship at a local race track in an aging horse named Lean on Pete. After a tragic event leaves him completely alone, he starts a journey to find the only other relative he knows – his aunt that he hopes still lives in Wyoming because that is where he is heading. At times the journey seems a little repetitive in what he encounters, but overall a very good story.

Although this is a coming of age story and some consider it YA, I don’t think some of the content is suited for tweens or younger teens. I consider this more for the older YA crowd.
Manarius
Willy Vlautin writes about common folk on the edge of the human condition who don’t have much going for them. He tells their story in a style that is certainly not elegant but still creates intense interest and empathy. In “Lean on Pete” he tells of a fifteen-year old boy whose life is a procession of missteps that no boy that young should have to suffer through. A horse becomes his only source of pleasure in a world of distress.

Charley Thompson lives with his worthless father who tries to raise him as best he can, although Charley really doesn’t need him because the boy is immensely self-sufficient and resourceful. Although he has to misbehave in order to eat or try to get some sleep, his sense of responsibility haunts him when he has to steal or lie. The little bit of money his father tosses him before going missing for weeks on end doesn’t last long and he struggles to exist. He cries a lot, not a surprise because he is still just a boy, but is indicative of his distress.

Charley finds a job at a run-down racetrack doing odd jobs for a worthless promoter, Del Montgomery, who has a string of nags who don’t win much money and create a constant drag on his scanty resources. Lean on Pete, a five-year old quarter horse that’s the best of the lot gets special attention from Charley and the animal captures the boy’s heart like nothing else ever has. The boy schemes and steals to indulge the horse then discovers that Montgomery has decided to sell it to a Mexican kill factory for dog food, glue, or whatever. After a drunk beats Charley’s father to death, Charley has no one to care for him and, desperate to save his only friend, he steals Del’s run-down truck and horse trailer, loads up Pete, and sets out to find an aunt last known to have lived in Wyoming.

The truck craps out in the desert, and Charley and Pete are forced to hoof it. The route is long, tough, and painful. Food and water are scarce. The terrain is unforgiving to their legs and feet. The people encountered are devious and dangerous. Their journey becomes a desperate trek that the author describes in lean and realistic prose.

The language in this book is coarse, the life is revolting, the characters have no redeeming qualities, and Vlautin lays it all out in riveting detail. The underlying grief is palpable and the desperation of each minute hangs heavy over the entire story. It’s not a pretty tale that many readers will find to be too unsavory, but I (warning) think the ending provides an acceptable answer for Charley’s distress and, although unconventional, some relief to the reader.

Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
Doomblade
This is a very readable and vivid story about a teenage boy that ultimately finds himself on his own. Although I enjoyed it throughout, the grit really kicks into high gear about a third of the way into the story, when Charley (the teenager) is thrown onto his own resources, and the book became very hard for me to put down thereafter.

Taken in isolation, Charley acts (and reacts) very believably in most respects; he exhibits occasional fits of a lack of planning that one might expect from a typical teenager, although he does cope well and is resourceful. His instinctive mistrust of others at key points in his tale is hard to fault, although one wonders where that came from.

The main hitch in the picture being painted is that Charley does very little that can be nakedly condemned as bad, even the one outstanding thematic episode involving the horse (Pete). Fortunately, it is not difficult to suspend disbelief, thanks to the writer’s skill in telling the story.

I found the other characters in the book quite well painted and believable, and I actually cared about and was curious about what happened to some of them. The story does not concern itself with the others after their intersections with Charley’s orbit pass.

Some reviewers found this unremittingly depressing, but there are quite a few people Charley interacts with along the way that give him a pretty fair shake, and he actually experiences less badness than one might expect a homeless teen to encounter.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and believe the coming movie will be great, if done right.