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Down and not quite out in Reno,
This review is from: Northline (Paperback)
While much English fiction focuses on the lives of middle class people living in or around London, the US has a more democratic tradition which focuses on the lives of the working poor at the margins of society with insecure futures. Vlautin is a master of this approach and this novel follows the life of a high school drop out from a broken family with an abusive boyfriend and a low paid job trying to escape and start a new life. She has a serious of contacts with people in similar situations trying to lead decent lives.
The moral lessons are lightly made and her future is far from certain. This ambiguity captures the reality of working peoples' lives and is a welcome break from English middle class nave gazing.