Lynette has been saving for three years for a down payment to buy the North Portland house she lives in with her mother and developmentally disabled brother. The owner is giving them a good deal, but Lynette has lousy credit, so her mother has to take out the loan. However, at the last minute they can no longer buy the house. Finding the same cheap rent in their neighborhood or any Portland neighborhood is impossible. Over the next 48 hours, Lynette ricochets around the city in her unreliable car desperately and dangerously trying to salvage her dream of home ownership. Once again, Willy Vlautin brilliantly brings to life a hard-to-forget character living on the edge.
–Carol, Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland, OR