Lean on Pete (Paperback)
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Lean on Pete (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 04/02/2010
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Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home; food on the table; a high school he can attend for more than part of a year; and, some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father working at warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, he's been pretty much on his own for some time. "Lean on Pete" opens as he and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon and Charley takes a stables job, illegally, at the local race track. Once part of a vibrant racing network, Portland Meadows is now seemingly the last haven for washed up jockeys and knackered horses, but it's there that Charley meets Pete, an old horse who becomes his companion as he's forced to try to make his own way in the world. A portrait of a journey - populated by a vivid cast of characters against a harsh landscape - "Lean on Pete" is also the unforgettable story of a friendship and of hope in dark times.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571235728
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 215 x 137 x 21 mm
Edition: Main

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“Heart-breaking genius...”

A terrific novel from the Richmond Fontaine frontman with a hugely memorable teenage hero in the redoubtable Charley Thompson - a much put-upon fifteen year-old who is reeling from a peripatetic, chaotic childhood -... More

Paperback edition
2nd February 2010
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Martha Greengrass

“A new take on the American dream”

A refreshing, unflinchingly honest take on the American road trip novel, Lean on Pete is brilliant in its unsentimental portrayal of early twentieth-century America. The novel follows Charley Thompson, a teenager at a... More

Paperback edition
8th May 2018
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