Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin is the author of two highly acclaimed novels, The Motel Life and Northline. He is also the frontman of the band Richmond Fontaine, whose albums include Post to Wire and most recently We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River. An avid fan of horse racing he can often be found writing behind a closed circuit monitor at Portland Meadows racetrack.

Books by Willy Vlautin

Lean on Pete film tie-in

Published: May 2018

Film tie-in edition of Willy Vlautin's unforgettable story of a friendship and hope in dark times.

Don't Skip Out on Me

Published: March 2018

First novel in four years from the much-loved Willy Vlautin, of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines ... and the upcoming movie Lean on Pete.

The Motel Life

Published: February 2016

The hugely moving novel from Willy Vlautin, reissued with a new cover.

The Free

Published: April 2015

A beautiful and bittersweet new novel from the author of Lean on Pete and The Motel Life.

Lean on Pete

Published: April 2011

From the acclaimed author of The Motel Life and Northline comes another hugely moving slice of Americana.


Published: March 2009

From the author of The Motel Life comes another hugely moving slice of Americana.

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