The Free

The Free

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial , 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062276742
0062276743
Characteristics: 297, 14 pages ; 23 cm

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Review of The Free in Cascadia Weekly (Wednesday, April 2, 2014) by WCLS Collection Support Manager, Lisa Gresham. 
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bickjd Dec 29, 2015

A sad, yet pretty story about finding courage, compassion, and connection in times of hardship. Vlauntin beautifully interweaves these memorable characters whose lives reflect the unfortunate reality of many Americans today. The author has been compared to Steinbeck and Raymond Carver. When he isn't busy penning novels that take place in the Pacific Northwest, Vlauntin rocks out as lead singer and guitar player for the band Richmond Fontaine. This quick read has something for everyone. Feel Free to dive in

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marcrrussell
Aug 26, 2014

so much compassion in this book... 'hard-luck' tales with hope. if you like character-based writing, give Vlautin a try...

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msummers57
Mar 11, 2014

An amazing small book, highly recommended.

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