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    A Finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award 

    Horace Hopper is a half-Paiute, half-Irish ranch hand who wants to be somebody. He's spent most of his life on the ranch of his kindly guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Reese, herding sheep alone in the mountains. But while the Reeses treat him like a son, Horace can't shake the shame he feels from being abandoned by his parents. He decides to leave the only loving home he's known to prove his worth by training to become a boxer. 

    Mr. Reese is holding on to a way of life that is no longer sustainable. He's a 72-year-old rancher with a bad back. He's not sure how he'll keep things going without Horace but he knows the boy must find his own way. 

    Coming down from the mountains of Nevada to the unforgiving desert heat of Tucson, Horace finds a trainer and begins to get fights. His journey to become a champion brings him to boxing rings of Mexico and finally, to the seedy streets of Las Vegas, where Horace learns he can't change who he is or outrun his destiny. 

    Willy Vlautin writes from America's soul, chronicling the lives of those who are downtrodden and forgotten with profound tenderness. Don't Skip Out on Me is a beautiful, wrenching story about one man's search for identity and belonging that will make you consider those around you differently. 

    ©2018 Willy Vlautin (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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    • Mark
    • 03/03/2018

    Best book I have ever heard!

    I have been an audible member for five years and this book is the best I have listened too. The bond between the two main characters is so beautiful.

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    • BENJAMIN
    • 31/05/2018

    Brilliantly humble

    Consistent with everything WV has produced. I recommend this book and all his books and music to anyone with a heart.

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    • Clodhopper
    • 23/10/2020

    A punch in the gut

    This novel fits me particularly well. It travels roads I am familiar with, from Tucson, to Tonopah, to lonely ranches in Ralston Valley, to the messy bustle of Monterey Mexico. It is peopled by people I know. Not so much the boxers, but the others: earnest, hard-working young farmhands, exiled Peruvian sheepherders on H-2 visas, mean drunks seeking day labor at county employment agencies, used tire merchants trading on the lowest tier of commerce. And even, perhaps especially, Mr. Reese, the aging rancher slowly losing his battle against time and the harsh Nevada desert. He seems too sensitive and noble to be true, but in my experience, he is closer to type than Cliven Bundy; I have met him, in various guises, on ranches throughout Nevada. And, to some extent, all of us resemble Horace Hopper/Hector Hidalgo, confused about who we are, about who we were meant to be, about how to traverse the gulf from here to there. Chris Arnade’s book, Dignity, has received a lot of well-deserved admiration for opening our eyes to the limitations that overwhelm and demoralize the “back-row” denizens of our modern economy. But sometimes fiction can hit closer to emotional truth than documentary. I admire both books, but I read Don’t Skip Out On Me much more avidly.

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    • 15/08/2019

    Great Storytelling

    The American Dream smashed to pieces. Horace wants to be a box-champion and does what he can. Dry and straight story by Willy Vlautin who is also the reader, doing a great job.