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A captivating, often hilarious novel of family, loss, wilderness, and the curse of a violent America, Dave Eggers’ Heroes of the Frontier is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story of adventure.

Josie and her children’s father have split up, she’s been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she’s grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée’s family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: they see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the ubiquitous wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined, past mistakes pursuing her tiny family, even to the very edge of civilization.

A tremendous new novel from the bestselling author of The Circle, Heroes of the Frontier is the darkly comic story of a mother and her two young children on a journey through an Alaskan wilderness plagued by wildfires and a uniquely American madness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A picaresque adventure and spiritual coming-of-age tale — On the Road crossed with Henderson the Rain King.”

    New York Times

  • “A novel about America, about what forces people to leave ‘the lower 48’ to seek refuge in a forbidding, unpeopled landscape…Stirring, lustrous prose…acts on the reader like a breath of Alaskan air, cleansing the spirit and lifting the heart.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “[With] a remarkable aptitude for inhabiting otherness and illuminating the world’s darker corners…Heroes of the Frontier again offers complex, believable characters.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[In a] sustained effort to write about contemporary America…[Eggers] gives us a woman who’s at the end of her rope, in a place of salvation without the wherewithal to seek it, as its promise goes up in flames.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Part adventure, part social critique, the book is occasionally harrowing and often very funny…[and] suggests there’s something a little heroic in all of us.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Casts divining light on human folly and generosity and the glories and terror of nature…and profound pleasure in the absurd and the sublime.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Eggers’ road novel and journey of self-discovery is seamlessly written, fast-paced, [and] entertaining.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This unlikely road trip delivers just what readers have come to expect from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author—fresh insights, imaginative writing, and unforgettable characters.”


  • “[For] anyone who has thought about starting over in an unknown place…[Eggers’] writing is fresh and full of empathy, his observations on modern society apt and insightful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Rebecca Lowman captures Josie’s frustration and lack of direction with enough nuance to make Josie’s experience feel real. Lowman’s clear voice and cadenced rhythm deliver well-place emphasis and emotion in moments when Eggers explores Josie’s thoughts. Lowman also provides consistent and unique voices for all the characters, excelling at Josie and her children. The toddler’s voice is characterized by appropriate mispronunciations and a tone that is equal parts innocence and mischief.”


  • A BuzzFeed Books Pick of 31 Incredible Books You Simply Must Read This Summer
  • A BookPage Top Pick for August 2016
  • New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Longlisted for the 2017 Carnegie Medal for Literature
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