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Author: Dave Eggers Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781524722203
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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

  • The phenomenally productive Eggers has talent to spare… In his books he has revealed a remarkable aptitude for inhabiting otherness and illuminating the world’s darker corners… Heroes of the Frontier again offers complex, believable characters… Entertains, often spectacularly. Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times Book Review
  • “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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About the Author

Dave Eggers won the 2009 Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation. He is the author of What Is the What, among other books. He is the editor for McSweeney’s, an independent publishing house in San Francisco, and is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for youth with locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Ann Arbor, and Seattle. With his high school students he edits The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a yearly anthology, and with his brother Toph he cowrites the Haggis-on-Whey series of semi-informative books, which includes Giraffes? Giraffes!, Animals of the Ocean (in Particular the Giant Squid), and Cold Fusion.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won numerous Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.