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Heroes of the Frontier

Publisher: Vintage Canada
A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, Dave Eggers’s 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.


Longlisted for The Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction [2016]

“Eggers has quietly become one of our more prolific literary authors, with his novels covering a wide territory with little hint of roman a clef.” —Paul Taunton, National Post

“I can’t remember the last time I read a novel that was so relentlessly uncynical, where the note was one of such radical good faith. . . . [E]ggers is trying to tell us something about contemporary American life, about the meaning of courage in a world where danger appears only on television. . . . Heroes of the Frontier acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart.” —The Guardian

“David Eggers’s darkly funny Heroes of the Frontier is a modern adventure tale. . . . It’s a richly imagined, darkly comic adventure about parenthood, courage, and how one should navigate the modern world, with or without a map.” —Mark Medley, The Globe and Mail 

“Eggers . . . takes the reader both inside Josie’s head and outside into this unfamiliar landscape. He aptly depicts Josie’s growing bond with her kids and her search for redemption. Eggers stuffs well-drawn characters, believable scenes and topical social commentary into the novel like an overpacked suitcase. . . . Read Heroes of the Frontier. It’s an engaging, picaresque adventure with contemporary themes.” —Toronto Star

“Eggers steers his ongoing social critique in an especially liberating new direction in this comedic outlaw odyssey. . . . [E]ggers, 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. . . . [E]ggers is a sure bet for library ‘holds,’ and this brilliant, funny, fast-moving novel will catch on quickly.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[Heroes of the Frontier is] deliciously written, filled with winning quirk. In particular, Josie’s children, Paul and Ana . . . show Eggers at his best: he has infused siblings with outlandish yet believable personalities. . . . Heroes shines when Eggers shows the infinite ways he can express familial love, in ways that are inventive in their quiet beauty. . . . It’s clear that people are what Eggers really knows.” —Maclean’s 

“Eggers is going big in [Heroes of the Frontier], tackling a topic no less broad than America itself. . . . America is a country rightly proud of its freedom of speech, but that is often a short step away from freedom to judge, which comes up against another of America’s supposed values: the rights of the individual to live their life how they want. Eggers’s exploration of the conflict created by these two national traits puts Heroes of the Frontier firmly in Great American Novel territory.” —National Post 

“[E]ggers’s language is its own frontier: bracingly bitter and funny and real.” —Entertainment Weekly 

“[H]ard to put down.” —PhillyVoice 

“His work is simultaneously exhilarating and distressing. . . . [The novel] is a rollicking and unsettling reflection on America’s history and its imperilled future. . . . Eggers is one of today’s most dynamic writers, and this is a vital novel for the Trump age.” —The Saturday Paper

“By turns tawdry and touching. . . . The children are drawn with Eggers’s typical warmth and wit, an antidote to the bleakness.” —The Telegraph (four stars)

“The core of the novel is relatable to anyone who has thought about suddenly starting over in an unknown place—which is to say, just about everyone. . . . [Eggers’] writing is fresh and full of empathy, his observations on modern society apt and insightful.” —Publishers Weekly

“David Eggers’s darkly funny Heroes of the Frontier is a modern adventure tale. . . . It’s a richly imagined, darkly comic adventure about parenthood, courage, and how one should navigate the modern world, with or without a map.” —Mark Medley, The Globe and Mail