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Heroes of the Frontier

By Dave Eggers
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A darkly comic and “deeply affecting" tale (The New York Times) of a mother and her two young children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness. • From the bestselling author of The Circle.

“A picaresque adventure and spiritual coming-of-age tale—On the Road crossed with Henderson the Rain King.” —The New York Times

A captivating, often hilarious novel of family and wilderness, this is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure.

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 fiancée'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.

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“I enjoyed the plot of the story, not necessarily how it was written in some places. Josie is a divorcee who has fled Ohio with her two children, Ana and Paul, away from her life as she knew it. She hated her job as a dentist & affraid her ex-husband Carl would find out she fled and send police/lawyers after her, she rented an RV and used only cash. This novel takes the three of them on an adventure while Josie confronts her own demons from her lifetime. At the end of the novel, I do wish there was more to the story....to me it just seems unfinished.”
“Surprising depth in an otherwise ephemeral story. Might want to explore more Eggers after this one.”

About Dave Eggers

DAVE EGGERS is the author of many books, among them The Circle, The Eyes and the Impossible, The Monk of Mokha, A Hologram for the King, What Is the What, and The Museum of Rain. He is the cofounder of 826 Valencia, a youth writing and tutoring center which has inspired dozens of similar nonprofit organizations around the world, and the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publisher. He has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education, and the American Book Award.

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