Heroes of the Frontier (Paperback)
Title: Heroes of the Frontier
Have you ever felt the urge to shirk all of your responsibilities and live off the grid? Leaving the mundanity and bureaucracy that comes to rule our lives...The hope is that on the other side of this disconnecting that we may find a simplified, idyllic life far from the constructed "phoniness" and hypocrisy of what has come to be known as "the American Dream." With tones of Holden Caulfield and echoes of Franzen, Eggers explores these themes of dissatisfaction and escape through our protagonist (?) Josie. Josie, a former dentist, loses her practice then picks up her life in middle class middle America to travel Alaska with her two children by way of RV. Driven by comedic cynicism, this is the tightest and most focused I've read of Eggers. Altogether a thought provoking read about freedom, escape, and the questioning the goods we've been sold. (American Dream)
"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 fianc e'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.
About the Author
DAVE EGGERS is the author of ten books, including the national best sellers The Circle and A Hologram for the King, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco. Eggers is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country, and ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. He lives in Northern California with his family.