Vlautin’s first novel, The Motel Life was first published by Faber and Faber in 2006, and then by Harper Perennial in 2007. To date, it has been published in eleven countries. A hard luck story about two brothers living in motels in Reno, The Motel Life earned Vlautin the title “the Dylan of the dislocated” (The Independent), plus literary comparisons to Steinbeck, Carver, Fante, and Denis Johnson.
The Motel Life won the Nevada Silver Pen Award in 2007 and made several top ten lists in the States and abroad. It was one of the few works of fiction to make the Washington Post Media Mix’s Top 25 Books of 2007.