WHO: Peter Heller
THE DOG STARS,
a debut novel
Published by Knopf August 10, 2012
Author tour to Boston, Boulder, Denver, Jackson, Nashville, Oxford, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle
“A gripping first novel…A surprising and irresistible blend of suspense, romance, social insight, and humor…a harrowing yet charming post-apocalyptic tale.”
—Donna Seaman, in a starred review for BOOKLIST
“A stunning debut.
“In the near future, a flu pandemic has decimated civilization, leaving only scattered pockets of survivors to fend for themselves. Hig is one of the healthy ones. For the past nine years, he has coexisted with a loner named Bangley at an abandoned airport in eastern Colorado. Trying not to think of his former life, Hig finds sanity in fishing and staring at the constellations. With his dog, Jasper, Hig flies the perimeter of their safety zone in his 1956 Cessna.
“On one of his forays, through broken static, Hig hears another pilot over the radio, an incident that haunts him until he goes in search of this other human being. Packing enough supplies to get him there and back, he takes off in search of the voice.
“In spare, poetic prose, Heller portrays a soaring spirit of hope that triumphs over heartbreak, trauma, and insurmountable struggles.”
in a starred review for LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Perhaps the world’s most poetic survival guide…Heller carries the reader aloft on graceful prose, intense action, and deeply felt emotion.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, a starred review
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