Heroes of the Frontier
From the bestselling author of The Circle comes a brilliant new black comedy about modern America
A mother and her two young children rent a battered old RV (optimistically christened the 'Chateau') and embark upon a journey through the Alaskan wilderness. At first their trip feels like a vacation: they spot wild animals, build bonfires, enjoy the scenery. But as Josie drives her kids deeper into the forest, dodging wildfires and increasingly eccentric locals, we learn more of the events that forced her to escape her old life. Fraught with unexpected encounters from the sublime to the ridiculous, her tiny family must survive this surreal adventure at all costs, in order to finally discover something clean and redemptive out at the very edge of civilization.
Heroes of the Frontier is a captivating and hilarious novel about family, loss and recovery, and a powerful examination of contemporary American life.
Praise for Heroes of the Frontier
A classic American hymn to what you can discover when you leave everything behindDaily Mail
A softer, hipper version of Cormac McCarthy's The Road...Eggers' winning streak continues.i
An unlikely state of the nation novel...The mirror image of Egger's brilliantly dystopian The Circle...[It] acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heartGuardian
Eggers is an engaging storyteller, with a sure sense of character and a keen eye for the bizarreFinancial Times
It gleefully defies classification but, in returning again and again to the complex, overpowering love between guardian and child, feels like classic EggersThe Times
Publisher's description. A brilliant new black comedy about modern America. A surreal family road trip through the Alaskan wilderness veers wildly off-course, as one mother and her two young children try to make their way back to the 'right' path - and find a new one along the way.Penguin
Sharp, funny, unforgettableThe Times
The phenomenally productive Eggers has talent to spare...Remarkable, illuminating, believable...[It] entertains, often spectacularlyBarbara Kingsolver, New York Times Book Review