Vlautin
2012 Shortlist

Lean on Pete

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home. Food on the table and in the cupboard; 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, Charley’s been pretty much on his own for sometime.

Lean on Pete opens as Charley 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 and make his own way in the world.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Willy
Vlautin

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
03/03/2011
Country
United States
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Faber and Faber

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