Dave Eggers Heroes of the Frontier

ISBN 13: 9780241980248

Heroes of the Frontier

 
9780241980248: Heroes of the Frontier

"A picaresque adventure and spiritual coming-of-age tale -- On the Road crossed with Henderson the Rain King... Deeply affecting." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Longlisted for an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction

Josie and her children's father have split up, she's been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she's grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed shortly after enlisting. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancee's family, Josie makes a run for it to Alaska with her kids, Paul and Ana. At first their trip feels like a vacation: they see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive in their rattling old RV, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, and past mistakes pursue her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization. A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, Heroes of the Frontier is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure.

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Review:

Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He s been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he s keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead When Eggers draws the present into his fiction, it s there not just as window dressing or setting; it tells us something about ourselves Heroes gives us a woman who s at the end of her rope, in a place of salvation without the wherewithal to seek it, as its promise goes up in flames.
Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times

This is a novel about America, about what forces people to leave the lower 48 to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape Eggers renders it with such passion and good humour, and describes the land of mountains and light in such stirring, lustrous prose There is a feeling of utopianism about the novel, a sense that, in Alaska, some original American dream slumbers just beneath the ice Heroes of the Frontieracts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart.
Alex Preston, The Guardian (U.K)

The phenomenally productive Eggers has talent to spare In his books he has revealed a remarkable aptitude for inhabiting otherness and illuminating the world s darker corners Heroes of the Frontier again offers complex, believable characters Entertains, often spectacularly.
Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

Captivating . Part adventure, part social critique, the book is occasionally harrowing and often very funny As Eggers takes Josie through wildfires, avalanches, lightning strikes and narrow escapes from the long arm of the law, he suggests there's something a little heroic in all of us. Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
Eggers, writing with exuberant imagination, incandescent precision, and breathless propulsion, casts divining light on human folly and generosity and the glories and terror of nature. This uproarious quest, this breathless journey from lost to found, this delirious American road-trip saga, is fueled by uncanny insight, revolutionary humor, and profound pleasure in the absurd and the sublime.
Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)"

-Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He's been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he's keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead... When Eggers draws the present into his fiction, it's there not just as window dressing or setting; it tells us something about ourselves... Heroes gives us a woman who's at the end of her rope, in a place of salvation without the wherewithal to seek it, as its promise goes up in flames.-
--Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times

-This is a novel about America, about what forces people to leave 'the lower 48' to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape... Eggers renders it with such passion and good humour, and describes the 'land of mountains and light' in such stirring, lustrous prose... There is a feeling of utopianism about the novel, a sense that, in Alaska, some original American dream slumbers just beneath the ice... Heroes of the Frontier acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart.-
--Alex Preston, The Guardian (U.K)

-The phenomenally productive Eggers has talent to spare... In his books he has revealed a remarkable aptitude for inhabiting otherness and illuminating the world's darker corners... Heroes of the Frontier again offers complex, believable characters... Entertains, often spectacularly.-
--Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

-Captivating.... Part adventure, part social critique, the book is occasionally harrowing and often very funny... As Eggers takes Josie through wildfires, avalanches, lightning strikes and narrow escapes from the long arm of the law, he suggests there's something a little heroic in all of us.- --Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
-Eggers, writing with exuberant imagination, incandescent precision, and breathless propulsion, casts divining light on human folly and generosity and the glories and terror of nature. This uproarious quest, this breathless journey from lost to found, this delirious American road-trip saga, is fueled by uncanny insight, revolutionary humor, and profound pleasure in the absurd and the sublime.-
--Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)

"Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He's been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he's keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead... When Eggers draws the present into his fiction, it's there not just as window dressing or setting; it tells us something about ourselves... Heroes gives us a woman who's at the end of her rope, in a place of salvation without the wherewithal to seek it, as its promise goes up in flames."
--Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times

"This is a novel about America, about what forces people to leave 'the lower 48' to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape... Eggers renders it with such passion and good humour, and describes the 'land of mountains and light' in such stirring, lustrous prose... There is a feeling of utopianism about the novel, a sense that, in Alaska, some original American dream slumbers just beneath the ice... Heroes of the Frontier acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart."
--Alex Preston, The Guardian (U.K)

"The phenomenally productive Eggers has talent to spare... In his books he has revealed a remarkable aptitude for inhabiting otherness and illuminating the world's darker corners... Heroes of the Frontier again offers complex, believable characters... Entertains, often spectacularly."
--Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

"Captivating.... Part adventure, part social critique, the book is occasionally harrowing and often very funny... As Eggers takes Josie through wildfires, avalanches, lightning strikes and narrow escapes from the long arm of the law, he suggests there's something a little heroic in all of us." --Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News

"Eggers, writing with exuberant imagination, incandescent precision, and breathless propulsion, casts divining light on human folly and generosity and the glories and terror of nature. This uproarious quest, this breathless journey from lost to found, this delirious American road-trip saga, is fueled by uncanny insight, revolutionary humor, and profound pleasure in the absurd and the sublime."
--Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)

A National Bestseller

"Among his bestselling literary fiction peers, Dave Eggers alone is engaged in a sustained effort to write about contemporary America. He's been going at it so regularly, and so swiftly, that he's keeping pace with the times, if not getting a half-step ahead... When Eggers draws the present into his fiction, it's there not just as window dressing or setting; it tells us something about ourselves... Heroes gives us a woman who's at the end of her rope, in a place of salvation without the wherewithal to seek it, as its promise goes up in flames."
--Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times

"This is a novel about America, about what forces people to leave 'the lower 48' to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape... Eggers renders it with such passion and good humour, and describes the 'land of mountains and light' in such stirring, lustrous prose... There is a feeling of utopianism about the novel, a sense that, in Alaska, some original American dream slumbers just beneath the ice... Heroes of the Frontier acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart."
--Alex Preston, The Guardian (U.K)

"The phenomenally productive Eggers has talent to spare... In his books he has revealed a remarkable aptitude for inhabiting otherness and illuminating the world's darker corners... Heroes of the Frontier again offers complex, believable characters... Entertains, often spectacularly."
--Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review

"Captivating.... Part adventure, part social critique, the book is occasionally harrowing and often very funny... As Eggers takes Josie through wildfires, avalanches, lightning strikes and narrow escapes from the long arm of the law, he suggests there's something a little heroic in all of us." --Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News

"Eggers, writing with exuberant imagination, incandescent precision, and breathless propulsion, casts divining light on human folly and generosity and the glories and terror of nature. This uproarious quest, this breathless journey from lost to found, this delirious American road-trip saga, is fueled by uncanny insight, revolutionary humor, and profound pleasure in the absurd and the sublime."
--Donna Seaman, Booklist (Starred Review)

From the Back Cover:

'Eggers' most fun work of fiction, maybe also his most substantial' Herald

Josie has run away. She's abandoned her job and civilisation and flown to Alaska with her young kids. On arrival she hires an RV, lights out for the territory and finds herself more lost than she's ever been in her whole life. Neither five-year-old Ana nor eight-year-old Paul question their mother's wisdom (or indeed her midlife-crisis-cum-breakdown). Instead they take the forest fires and lightning storms, the gun-toting strangers and friendly loners, the freedom and terror of the wilderness in their strides. They know that at some point they'll be heading for home. If only Josie believed that too . . .

'Eggers renders it with such passion and good humour, and describes the 'land of mountains and light' in such stirring, lustrous prose. Can be seen as the mirror image of Eggers's brilliantly dystopian The Circle' Guardian

'Gleefully defies classification. Classic Eggers' The Times

'An engaging storyteller, with a sure sense of character and a keen eye for the bizarre ' Financial Times

'Highly enjoyable' Sunday Times

'One of our era's most sensitive chroniclers of American unease' Evening Standard

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