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Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
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Willie Vlautin has an optimistic view of humanity, which should be weird statement considered how filled with violence, drug and alcohol abuse, sadness, anxiety, grinding poverty, accidents, and injury his books are. But, read him and you find a very fragile but still there humanity to his portraits of the inhabitants of the third world regions of America’s New West. Vlautin is the bandleader of Richmond Fontaine a band in between the Midwest grimness of Uncle Tupelo and the high desert yearn of Calexico with a literary bent provided by Vlautin that earns his band and him comparisons to O’Conner, Johnson, Carver, Steinbeck, McMurty, Jim Thompson and others.
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September 9, 2010 – Shelved

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