Friday, September 9, 2016

Heroes of the Frontier

Dentist. I wonder if the selection of a troubled dentist as protagonist for Dave Eggers’ novel, Heroes of the Frontier, will attract more readers (like dentists) or repel readers (like those who hate going to dentists). Protagonist Josie lost her dental practice due to her malpractice on a patient. She has split up with the father of her children, and when he wants the children to meet his fiancĂ©e’s parents, Josie takes the kids to the Alaska wilderness in an RV they call the Chateau. The novel is a search for shelter and refuge, from threats real and imagined. Josie’s troubles come from external sources and from inside her mind. With nothing left to lose, Josie takes her children to the last frontier where they are totally unprepared for what life and nature brings. In this novel Eggers has added to his ongoing examination of human folly and modern life. Readers ready for a dark story are those most likely to enjoy reading this one. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Heroes of the Frontier from

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