Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers audiobook

Heroes of the Frontier

By Dave Eggers
Read by Rebecca Lowman

Random House Audio
12.07 Hours 1
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A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, Dave Eggers’ Heroes of the Frontier 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. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée’s family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and 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, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization. A tremendous new novel from the bestselling author of The Circle, Heroes of the Frontier is the darkly comic story of a mother and her two young children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness.

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Summary

Summary

New York Times Editor’s Choice

Longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature

A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer

A BookPage Top Pick for August 2016

A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, Dave Eggers’ Heroes of the Frontier 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. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée’s family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and 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, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.

A tremendous new novel from the bestselling author of The Circle, Heroes of the Frontier is the darkly comic story of a mother and her two young children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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  
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)  
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
“A picaresque adventure and spiritual coming-of-age tale — On the Road crossed with Henderson the Rain King.” New York Times
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    
“A novel about America, about what forces people to leave ‘the lower 48’ to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape…Stirring, lustrous prose…acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart.” Guardian (London)
“[In a] sustained effort to write about contemporary America…[Eggers] 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.” Los Angeles Times
“Eggers’ road novel and journey of self-discovery is seamlessly written, fast-paced, [and] entertaining.” Library Journal (starred review)
“This unlikely road trip delivers just what readers have come to expect from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author—fresh insights, imaginative writing, and unforgettable characters.” BookPage
“[For] anyone who has thought about starting over in an unknown place…[Eggers’] writing is fresh and full of empathy, his observations on modern society apt and insightful.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Dave Eggers

Author Bio: Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of twelve books, including A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award, and What Is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France’s Prix Médicis Étranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His nonfiction and journalism have appeared in The Guardian, the New Yorker, and the Best American Essays. He is the founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company, and cofounder of Voice of Witness, a book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers with locations around the country, and of ScholarMarch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Runtime: 12.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English