The Motel Life: A Novel (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's 2016 and older picks


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.

About the Author

Willy Vlautin is the author of the novels The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, The Free, and Don’t Skip Out on Me. He is the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines. He lives outside Portland Oregon.

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: 240
Language: English
Series: P.S.