In his novel The Free, author Willy Vlautin captures the experiences of three memorable characters who are looking for meaning in distressing times. Vlautin addresses issues that transform ordinary people's lives - the cost of healthcare, the lack of economic opportunity, and the devastating scars of war - and celebrates the resiliency of the human heart. Here, Vlautin reads excerpts from The Free, discusses the inspiration for the book, and shares his own thoughts on its main characters, offering a behind-the-scenes look at this unforgettable novel.
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In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters looking for meaning in distressing times. 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.
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