Vlautin’s first novel, The Motel Life was first published by Faber and Faber in 2006, and then by Harper Perennial in 2007.  To date, it has been published in eleven countries.  A hard luck story about two brothers living in motels in Reno, The Motel Life earned Vlautin the title “the Dylan of the dislocated” (The Independent), plus literary comparisons to Steinbeck, Carver, Fante, and Denis Johnson.

The Motel Life won the Nevada Silver Pen Award in 2007 and made several top ten lists in the States and abroad.  It was one of the few works of fiction to make the Washington Post Media Mix’s Top 25 Books of 2007.

Adapted to the big screen for release in 2013, The Motel Life took home three awards from the Rome International Film Festival, including the Audience Choice Award. The film stars Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, and Dakota Fanning, and features dazzling animation by Mike Smith. The New York Times called it “an outlaw-country ballad… the performances and ambience resonate” and Peter Travers of Rolling Stone deemed it “striking… tinged with humor and heartbreaking”.

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