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The Free (Paperback)
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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 05/03/2015
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Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy has lived a half-life in a group home for eight years. Unable to bear it any longer, he commits a desperate act which helps him to disappear to another place. Freddie is the night porter at the home, who works two jobs yet can't make ends meet. Buried in debt from his younger daughter's medical bills, he's forced to consider a criminal proposition. Pauline is the nurse who tends Leroy, who lives her life in an uncomplicated way, emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway. An extraordinary portrait of contemporary America, and a testament to the resilience of the human heart, The Free is Willy Vlautin's most moving and affecting novel to date.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571300303
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 225 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
Edition: Main

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“An Amazing tale of real lives”

Leroy was young, happy, loved his sci-fi novels, his mum and his girl Jeanette. That's until he signed up for active duty and was blown away by a roadside device in Iraq. Now he's an invalid in a care home... More

Paperback edition
2nd May 2014
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“At the top of his game”

This is easily the best book Vlautin has written so far and one of the best things published last year. A beautifully deep story of how people survive in this brutal world. Vlautin has mastered his simple prose and... More

Paperback edition
1 similar book recommended
18th April 2015
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“Beatifully Written Account of the Everyman”

Willy Vlautin stands as the narrative champion of the everyman. 'The Free' wrestles with problems facing every day US citizens with grace and understanding. Tackling such grand themes as under-employment,... More

Paperback edition
29th May 2014
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