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Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
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Feb 20, 15

bookshelves: oregon-book-award-2011-kesey-fict
Read in August, 2010

A 15 yr old Charley's odyssey from Portland to Wyoming, while attempting to rescue Lean on Pete. Charley barely survives mean people he encounters along the way. Perhaps a paper could be written showing parallels with The Odyssey--Charley skillfully hides from or escapes capture, resists the Siren's lure...but unlike Odysseus, he has no crew to support him. He journeys alone, his only trustworthy confidant a horse.
This coming of age story avoids being maudlin, although Charley suffers emotionally and physically. The novel works for readers able to suspend disbelief. Congratulations to Willy Vlautin for TWO 2011 Oregon Book Awards: Kesey Fiction Award & Readers' Choice Award!!
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