Willy Vlautin


Born
Reno, The United States

Willy Vlautin (born 1967) is an American author and the lead singer and songwriter of Portland, Oregon band Richmond Fontaine. Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, he has released nine studio albums since the late nineties with his band while he has written four novels: The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, and The Free.

Published in the US, several European and Asian countries, Vlautin's first book, The Motel Life was well received. It was an editor's choice in the New York Times Book Review and named one of the top 25 books of the year by the Washington Post.

His second, Northline was also critically hailed, and Vlautin was declared an important new American literary realist. Famed writer George Pelecanos stated that Northline was his favor
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The Motel Life

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3.89 avg rating — 2,697 ratings — published 2006 — 24 editions
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Lean On Pete

4.03 avg rating — 2,750 ratings — published 2010 — 27 editions
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The Free

3.95 avg rating — 2,231 ratings — published 2014 — 20 editions
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Northline

3.98 avg rating — 1,661 ratings — published 2008 — 18 editions
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Don't Skip Out on Me

4.17 avg rating — 1,001 ratings — published 2018 — 19 editions
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Jockey's Christmas

4.47 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 2008
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Willy Vlautin Collection

4.44 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2014 — 2 editions
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La Route sauvage

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xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths

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The Highway Kind

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3.71 avg rating — 202 ratings — published 2016 — 10 editions
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“There is always that dream of escape, but there is no place to escape to, you just run into yourself.”
Willy Vlautin

“Mr. Reese had told him that life, at its core, was a cruel burden because we had the knowledge that we were born to die. We were born with innocent eyes and those eyes had to see pain and death and deceit and violence and heartache. If we were lucky we lived long enough to see most everything we love die. But, he said, being honorable and truthful took a little of the sting out of it. It made life bearable. Mr. Reese said liars and cowards were the worst people to know because they broke your heart in a world that is built to break your heart. They poured gas on an already cruel and barely controllable fire.”
Willy Vlautin, Don't Skip Out on Me

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