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The Dog Stars


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An Oprah Book club favourite that spreads joy, mindfulness, and hope to all who read it. Or in the words of Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl: "A dreamy, post-apocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small: a twitching trout, a can of Sprite, empathy, sex, decency and a good dog"

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A novel about the end of the world which makes you happy to be alive

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Peter Heller is an award-winning adventure writer and contributing editor on Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is also the author of several non-fiction books, including KOOK, THE WHALE WARRIORS and HELL OR HIGH WATER. He lives in Denver, Colorado. http://www.peterheller.net .


The Road - but with hope - GQMagical and life-affirming - GuardianSad, but hopeful... A perfectly pitched post-apocalyptic tale of survival and emotional sustenance in a changed world - Marie ClaireA poetic, moving and ultimately rewarding read - SFXA dreamy, postapocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small: a twitching trout, a can of Sprite, empathy, sex, decency, and a good dog - Gillian Flynn, author of GONE GIRLThe Road crossed with a post-apocalyptic romance...[engages] deep emotions to spine-chilling (and suspenseful) effect - Lawrence Norfolk, Guardian Books of the YearIncredibly believable...brutally honest - Sci-Fi Now

Hig, the hero of Heller's thoughtful postapocalyptic novel, is a soft man in a hard world. One of the few survivors of a virus that wiped out most of humanity, Hig is better suited to reading poetry, fishing with his dog, and reminiscing than scratching out a hardscrabble existence in the land that used to be Colorado. If it weren't for Bangley, a cantankerous, survivalist neighbor, roaming hordes of bandits would have killed Hig long ago. So, finding himself alive despite everything that's happened, Hig must to forge a new life in a new world. Narrator Mark Deakins turns in a winning performance. He deftly alternates between Hig's inner monologue, lush descriptions of the Colorado Rockies, and staccato prose. Throughout the book, Hig's first-person narration is interrupted by the imagined voice of Bangley-an element that could be confusing for listeners. Deakins rises to the challenge, however, creating distinct voices for the characters and an enjoyable listening experience. A Knopf hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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