Lean on Pete tells the story of fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson who is struggling to make his way to a long lost aunt – who might just give him a home.
Along the way he encounters some great characters, particularly the hugely unsympathetic horse trainer and a dangerous and mentally disturbed tramp who becomes the embodiment of violent threat.
There is a beautiful simplicity at work here, a lot of the story comes down to straightforward accounts of daily survival but the level of detail and inventiveness shines through, enlivening what could be seen as mundane subject matter.
Prepare for a powerful, heartbreaking & harrowing experience – as Vlautin exposes a world where the American underclass still resides.
An absolutely brilliant book!
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