Horace Hopper dreams of leaving behind his life working on a farm to become a Mexican professional boxer, even though he’s not Mexican. The owners of the farm where he works have essentially fostered Horace since he was a young child and they are concerned about his future and the harsh life of boxing he wants to pursue. Horace’s story is about determination, and holding onto your dreams, and about the costs of this as well. This story is filled with humanity, and is beautifully written in spare prose. Now would be a good time to read this (or any other Willy Vlautin book you’ve been meaning to read) in preparation for his visit to the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on March 11th. Don’t miss the soundtrack performed by Willy himself and his band Richmond Fontaine. Yes, this book has a soundtrack.