Don’t Skip Out on Me - Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin

Don’t Skip Out on Me
2018, 304 pages

Horace Hopper has lived and worked on a ranch in Nevada since he was a teenager. His parents don’t care about him. Mr Reese, the ranch owner, wants Horace to take over the ranch as he and his wife are childless and Horace is good with horses and cattle. Although they love Horace as if he were their own child, Horace dreams of a career as a boxer. His ambition is to become world champion to impress his parents. He therefore leaves the Reese family and meets a coach who trains him and organizes boxing matches. But then slowly but surely it becomes clear that Horace’s dream is a delusion.
Mr and Mrs Reese worry about him and try to keep in touch with him. Finally Mr Reese finds him and takes him home. But things are not what they seem. The novel is about the loneliness of Horace and how he comes back to Mr and Mrs Reese.

Willy Vlautin is an American writer, who started out playing the guitar and writing songs and who founded the band Richmond Fontane. He writes beautiful American English prose.