The Motel Life (P.S.) (Paperback)

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I probably look forward to Willy Vlautin's new books more than any other writer working today. The Motel Life was his first novel and a film based on the book has just been released. His movels are about the down and out, full of heartbreak yet in the end hopeful.

— From Cody


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.

Praise For…

“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.”

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061171116
ISBN-10: 0061171115
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 24th, 2007
Pages: 206
Language: English
Series: P.S.