For our book club meeting on Wed 13th October we read Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin and In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut.
Lean On Pete synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson wants a home; food on the table; a high school he can attend for more than part of a year; and some structure to his life. But as the son of a single father working at warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, he’s been pretty much on his own for some time. Lean on Pete opens as he and his father arrive in Portland, Oregon and Charley takes a stables job, illegally, at the local race track. A portrait of an unforgettable journey populated by a vivid cast of characters against a harsh landscape, Lean on Pete is also the story of a friendship and of one boy’s attempt to keep hope alive.
In A Strange Room synopsis:
A young man takes three journeys, through Greece, India and Africa. He travels lightly, simply. To those who travel with him and those whom he meets on the way – including a handsome, enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers and a woman on the edge – he is the Follower, the Lover and the Guardian. Yet, despite the man’s best intentions, each journey ends in disaster. Together, these three journeys will change his whole life. A novel of longing and thwarted desire, rage and compassion, In a Strange Room is the hauntingly beautiful evocation of one man’s search for love, and a place to call home.