The news that Willy Vlautin won not one but two Oregon Book Awards last night made me raise my fists in delight — while sitting on the sofa in my empty living room. Vlautin’s books are among those I rant enthusiastically about to any friend who will listen, going on and on about the honesty, the compassion, the corners of society he chooses to explore.
I particularly loved Lean on Pete, which I reviewed last year for the Eugene Weekly. But every one of Vlautin’s books is worth picking up. And if you get a chance to see him read, well, don’t miss it, and prepare to be incredibly charmed.