PETER HELLER is the national bestselling author of Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars. The Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, shared in the past by Western writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Terry Tempest Williams, and The Dog Stars, which was published to critical acclaim and lauded as a breakout bestseller, has been published in twenty-two languages to date. Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in Denver, Colorado.
"Utter joy... A suspenseful tale told with glorious drama and
-Denise Mina, The New York Times Book Review
"Urgent, visceral writing--I couldn't turn the pages fast
enough. A beautiful, heartrending exploration of male
-Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of Let Me Lie
"[T]here is plenty of tension here, but where Heller really scores is the extraordinarily high quality of his writing about the natural world, which is lyrical and action-packed by turns."
-Laura Wilson, The Guardian "A fiery tour de force... [The River] recalls his debut, The Dog Stars, with its poetic, staccato sentences and masterfully crafted prose... And what a story he tells... I could not put this book down. It truly was terrifying and unutterably beautiful."
-Alison Borden, The Denver Post "[A] poetic and unnerving wilderness thriller... Full of rushing life and profound consequences. Every move Jack and Wynn make along the river has the chance to kill them or those they're trying to save, and the result is a novel that sweeps you away, each page filled with wonder and awe for a natural world we can quantify with science but can rarely predict with emotion."
-Tod Goldberg, USA Today "Heller puts his knowledge of canoeing and currents to fascinating use. He has created indelible characters in Wynn and Jack, pals who are almost exact opposites: the former a bearish galoot who's convinced that people are basically good, and the latter a pessimist who's convinced that their only hope for salvation is to paddle as fast as they can."
-Ross Gray, Minneapolis Star Tribune "Another superbly crafted adventure-action-mystery story... Reminiscent of James Dickey's classic Deliverance... The beat of Heller's novel builds to a furious pace."
-John Newlin, New York Journal of Books "Engaging...satisfying... Terse and tight. Short, lyrical paragraphs are packed with action and keep the story moving along... Like a lot of backcountry missions, the most compelling parts of the story aren't necessarily the rapids or the high-risk moves. Instead they're the quiet moments where Wynn and Jack are coupling their rods together and wading slowly through vivid, tannic streams."
-Heather Hansman, Outside Magazine "It is a rare literary feat when an author is able to marry plot and prose with the soaring majesty that Heller achieves in The River."
-Drew Gallagher, Fredericksburg Free Lance Star