Willy Vlautin with Maria Semple
Novelist and musician Willy Vlautin, always a popular draw with his ‘live’ readings at Elliott Bay, makes this virtual visit for his new novel, The Night Always Comes (Harper), to be joined in conversation by Maria Semple, herself, author of Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go Bernadette.
“Vlautin offers a stunning, heartbreaking study of one woman’s struggle against fate and circumstance in an America that’s left her behind… This gritty page-turner sings with pitch-perfect prose, and [protagonist] Lynette’s desperation is palpable. Vlautin has achieved a brilliant synthesis of Raymond Carver and Jim Thompson.” -Publishers Weekly.
"The Night Always Comes is a masterclass of scope and scale - a nail-biting thriller of everyday survival. Relatable, terrifying, impassioned, and compassionate, Vlautin's latest will elevate you on one page and tear your heart out on the next. A marvelous novel that bleeds real, cuts deep, and offers just the right dose of hope." -Ivy Pochoda.
Willy Vlautin’s other novels include The Motel Life, Northline, Lean on Pete, The Free, and Don’t Skip Out on Me. He is also the founding member of the bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines.