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Powell's Books Presents Willy Vlautin in Conversation With Chelsea Cain
Award-winning author Willy Vlautin (The Motel Life, Lean on Pete) explores the impact of trickle-down greed and opportunism of gentrification on ordinary lives in his scorching new novel that captures the plight of a young woman pushed to the edge as she fights to secure a stable future for herself and her family. Barely 30, Lynette is exhausted. Saddled with bad credit and juggling multiple jobs, some illegally, she’s been diligently working to buy the house she lives in with her mother and developmentally disabled brother, Kenny. Portland’s housing prices have nearly quadrupled in 15 years, and the owner is giving them a good deal. Lynette knows it’s their last best chance to own their own home — and obtain the security they’ve never had. While she has enough for the down payment, she needs her mother to cover the rest of the asking price. But a week before they’re set to sign the loan papers, her mother gets cold feet and reneges on her promise, pushing Lynette to her limits to find the money they need. Set over two days and two nights, The Night Always Comes (Harper) follows Lynette’s frantic search — an odyssey of hope and anguish that will bring her face to face with greedy rich men and ambitious hustlers, those benefiting and those left behind by a city in the throes of a transformative boom. A heart-wrenching portrait of a woman hungry for security and a home in a rapidly changing city, The Night Always Comes raises the difficult questions we are often too afraid to ask ourselves: What is the price of gentrification, and how far are we really prepared to go to achieve the American Dream? Is the American Dream even attainable for those living at the edges? Or for too many of us, is it only a hollow promise? Vlautin will be joined in conversation by Chelsea Cain, author of Heartsick and One Kick.

Apr 7, 2021 06:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Willy Vlautin
Willy Vlautin is the author of five novels: The Motel Life, which was made into a film starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hersh, and Stephen Dorff; Northline, Lean on Pete, which won two Oregon Book awards and was made into an A24 film starring Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, and Charlie Plummer; The Free, which won the Oregon Book Awards Reader’s Choice Award; and Don’t Skip Out on Me, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and an ALA Notable Book. Vlautin lives outside of Portland, Oregon and is the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines.
Chelsea Cain
Chelsea Cain is a NYT bestselling thriller author, Eisner-nominated comic book creator, and a founding partner of The Ministry of Trouble. Her six internationally bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers have been published in over 30 languages. The 12-episode TV show, Gone, produced by NBCUniversal International Studios, starring Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City) is based on Cain’s thriller, One Kick.