The Free by Willy Vlautin is a fictional book tackling issues facing the modern world. Mr Vlautin is not only a novelist, but a songwriter as well which comes through in the narrative.
The publisher is giving away one copy of this book –to enter fill out the Rafflecoptter form at the end of the post.
- 320 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062276743
My rating for The Free – 4
The Free by Willy Vlautin is difficult to describe, part fiction part science-fiction, the book follows three protagonists throughout a very difficult time in their lives. The protagonists are trapped in bad situations through no fault of their own, they’ve been battered by life, the economy and circumstances.
The book talks about the protagonists’ situation, morality and hopes for a better life even though the odds are tremendously stacked against them. The narrative is honest, open and very realistic.
The three protagonists represent what most people in America go through today. Freedom no longer means freedom from tyrannical governments, but freedom from debt and everyday struggles against American oligarchs whether they are banks or insurance companies.
This book is dark and grim with very little good happening in it, but it is very engaging. The character driven plot makes you care about the three honest folks who happen to find themselves in situations which they cannot escape.
Leroy Kervin is a wounded Iraqi War veteran whose brain has been damaged in an explosion . One day he wakes and discovers the fog has been lifted and he is “free”. However, for Leroy death is a sensible option. While laying in a hospital bed after his suicide attempt Leroy, the sci-fi fan, makes up his own story which centers on him and his girlfriend being hunted down by a group called “The Free” who believe they are unpatriotic.
The man who finds Leroy at the group home after his suicide attempt is Freddie McCall, an honest man, a caring man who works two jobs to be “free” of debt, pay for his daughter’s medical bills and cannot make ends meet even though he used to own his home outright.
Leroy’s nurse, Pauline Hawkins is a nurse who cares for others, but is emotionally scarred. Pauline meets a runaway teenager named Jo who is hanging out with drug attics and will end up dead unless Pauline intervenes.
Giveaway ends: February 12, 2014
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TLC Book Tour for The Free by Willy Vlautin:
- Tuesday, February 4th: Love at First Book
- Wednesday, February 5th: Man of La Book
- Thursday, February 6th: The House of the Seven Tails
- Friday, February 7th: A Patchwork of Books
- Monday, February 10th: Between the Covers
- Tuesday, February 11th: Books Speak Volumes
- Wednesday, February 12th: My Book Retreat
- Thursday, February 13th: Anita Loves Books
- Tuesday, February 18th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
- Wednesday, February 19th: Mel’s Shelves
- Thursday, February 20th: Olduvai Reads
- Monday, February 24th: River City Reading
- Tuesday, February 25th: The Feminist Texican [Reads]
- Wednesday, February 26th: Bluestalking
- Thursday, February 27th: Reading on a Rainy Day
- Monday, March 3rd: Booksie’s Blog
- Tuesday, March 4th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
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