With "echoes of Of Mice and Men"(The Bookseller, UK), The Motel Life explores the frustrations and failed dreams of two Nevada brothers—on the run after a hit-and-run accident—who, forgotten by society, and short on luck and hope, desperately cling to the edge of modern life.
Willy Vlautin is the author of the novels The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, The Free, Don’t Skip Out on Me, and The Night Always Comes. He is the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. He lives outside Portland Oregon.
“Vlautin’s coiled, poetically matter-of-fact prose calls to mind S.E.Hinton.” — Publishers Weekly
“If there’s any justice, anywhere, The Motel Life will be widely read and widely admired.” — Booklist
“Both heartbreaking and inspirational…written…with a simple hypnotic tone that seems as if it was grown in the Reno heat.” — Associated Press ASAP
“Slighter than Carver, less puerile than Bukowski, Vlautin…manages to lay claim to the same blearyeyed territory, and…to make it new.” — New York Times Book Review, EDITOR'S CHOICE
“A natural for the bigscreen and in fact Babel and 21 Grams writer Guillermo Arriaga has bought the film rights…” — Salt Lake City Tribune
“The furthest Vlautin’s men can move is in circles, shackled to their dysfunctions and their meager paychecks…” — San Francisco Weekly
“I’m floored…This book feel so damn real, so powerful, so much like life, even if it’s not yours.” — Jonathan Zwickel, The Stranger