"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 A captivating, often hilarious novel of family and wilderness from the bestselling author of The Circle, 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. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancee'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 best-selling 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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by Dave Eggers
"Josie flees north to Alaska, filled with angst about where her life is leading her and her two children. In escaping the ennui of daily life, she's trying to provide her children with something more than a programmed childhood of school, playdates, and babysitters. Narrator Rebecca Lowman captures Josie's frustration and lack of direction with enough nuance to make Josie's experience feel real. Lowman's clear voice and cadenced rhythm deliver well-place emphasis and emotion in moments when Eggers explores Josie's thoughts. Lowman also provides consistent and unique voices for all the characters, excelling at Josie and her children. The toddler's voice is characterized by appropriate mispronunciations and a tone that is equal parts innocence and mischief. L.E. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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