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The Free

A Novel
Vlautin, Willy (Book - 2014)
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The Free
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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.
Authors: Vlautin, Willy
Title: The free
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial ,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 297, 14 pages ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Willy Vlautin
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780062276742
0062276743
Branch Call Number: FICTION VLAUTIN 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
Subject Headings: Iraq War, 2003-2011 Veterans Fiction Group homes Fiction Adult children of aging parents Fiction Divorced men Fiction Interpersonal relations Fiction
Topical Term: Iraq War, 2003-2011
Group homes
Adult children of aging parents
Divorced men
Interpersonal relations
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A man suffering from PTSD lies in a coma and dreams of a dystopian world where anyone who is different is persecuted. In the meantime, his caretakers have struggles of their own.

Join the discussion on Jan. 13, 2015. Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for confronting issues facing modern America, illuminated through the lives of three memorable characters who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises.

Join the discussion on May 11, 2015. Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for confronting issues facing modern America, illuminated through the lives of three memorable characters who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises.

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 ... Read More »

What do you do when life becomes desperate and unbearable? Do you go on digging yourself deeper and deeper or do you reach out to those around you?


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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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