The Free

A Novel

Vlautin, Willy

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Free
Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy Kervin has lived in a group home for eight years. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again. Freddie McCall, the night man at Leroy's group home, works two jobs yet still can't make ends meet. He's lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative--and dangerous--proposition. Pauline Hawkins, a nurse, cares for the sick and wounded, including Leroy. She also looks after her mentally ill elderly father. Yet she remains emotionally removed, until she meets a young runaway who touches something deep and unexpected inside her.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial ,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 0062276743
Characteristics: 297, 14 pages ;,23 cm


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Aug 26, 2014
  • marcrrussell rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

so much compassion in this book... 'hard-luck' tales with hope. if you like character-based writing, give Vlautin a try...

Mar 11, 2014
  • msummers57 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing small book, highly recommended.


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