The Free

The Free

A Paperback Original

Award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for confronting issues facing modern America, illuminated through the lives of three memorable characters who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises, in his heartbreaking and hopeful fourth novel

Leroy Kervin is a 31 year old Iraqi War veteran living with a traumatic brain injury. Unable to dress or feed himself, or cope with his emotions,… (more)

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)


The challenge for the writer of social realism is to enlist the plastic qualities of fiction to produce something lifelike, in which artifice creates the shimmer of recognition.

The novel lacks the courage of its convictions. “Remember to be kind” is its moral, an inadequately folksy and twee response to the harsh society it depicts.


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Publisher: Harper Perennial (February 04, 2014)

Language: English


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