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Peter Heller
I haven't seen him discussed here, so I was just going to say that I think he is a real rising star in Americana fiction. His novels are dark, with lots of circumstantial tension. The themes are mostly Man vs Self. Man vs Nature.
Also, they are really short. Like 250-300 pages per read.

My favorite was his first one The Dog Stars. (Two men surviving together post apocalypse).

Next I read The Painter. Which was quirky and eccentric. But cool and edgy. About an artist with an anger management problem.

I haven't read Celine.

I just finished The River. Which I read in one sitting. Interesting to me because it is about two friends on a wilderness canoe trip in Canada. And I literally tripped in that exact same area when I was the exact same age as the protagonists.

Anyone else enjoy his novels? I would compare him to Kent Haruf and Charles Frazier. With a big helping of Cormac McCarthy.


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re: Peter Heller
Thanks for the rec. I placed holds on all three audio books at library. I'll report back as I finish them.


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rebelrouser
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re: Peter Heller
Dog Stars is excellent but wouldn't describe it as:

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My favorite was his first one The Dog Stars. (Two men surviving together post apocalypse).



Its a lot more than that.


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re: Peter Heller
quote:


Its a lot more than that.


Hah. Yeah. I feel you there. I was just trying to boil it down into one sentence.

To do it more justice: I think it's a study on how two men -- from very different backgrounds -- coexist in the face of catastrophe. And also maintain their humanity when others abandon theirs. It's a poignant look at the nature of man.


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