I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Free by Willy Vlautin is an authentic novel following three individuals in difficult circumstances, who are all connected in various ways.
Leroy Kervin is a war veteran, young, but with a traumatic brain injury. He’s living in a group home, not able to do most simple things on his own. He’s unable to live with his situation, and puts himself in jeopardy with a suicide attempt.
Freddie McCall is divorced with two kids, has two menial jobs, and works very hard at both to pay his bills, which include huge medical bills covering his daughter’s needs.
Pauline Hawkins looks after her mentally ill father and has a nursing position at a local hospital. Her life becomes entwined with some of her patients, including a young female whose drug abuse has put her life in jeopardy.
The Free is moving, a powerful story about real situations of three down-and-out individuals. But there’s a sense of hope permeating the ending. Even in tough situations, people can overcome. And Vlautin proves that, with three characters who show how loving other people and working very hard can produce positive, but still realistic, results.
As a side note. . . I was blown away when I listened to the music and insights that accompanied the book! Usually, I don’t click on those kind of things. . . but I did, and loved it. Also, it says you can download it, but when you click on the link, you can also listen without downloading, so it’s worth the click.