Willy Vlautin: the American Nightmare
Has there been a character in any recent novel more worthy of our compassion and sympathy than Lynette? She is the protagonist of Willy Vlautin’s latest book The Night Always Comes and she is trying her best to survive in Portland, Oregon, despite everything that life is throwing at her.
Vlautin, who divides his time between writing novels and making music with his alt-folk-country bands Richmond Fontaine and The Delines, has plenty of personal experience of life for Oregon’s forgotten poor. In Lynette he has created a character who has been serially failed by the system and who is increasingly ending up on the wrong side of the tracks. Despite the system’s flaws and her own wrongdoing, she is a woman of quiet integrity who insists on trying to have agency over her own affairs. We are absolutely delighted to welcome Vlautin back to the Festival to discuss his latest novel, and to speak up for the people whose American Dream has turned sour.