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Publisher Comments:

“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

 

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

From the Hardcover edition.

Review:

"Hig, the hero of Heller's thoughtful postapocalyptic novel, is a soft man in a hard world. One of the few survivors of a virus that wiped out most of humanity, Hig is better suited to reading poetry, fishing with his dog, and reminiscing than scratching out a hardscrabble existence in the land that used to be Colorado. If it weren't for Bangley, a cantankerous, survivalist neighbor, roaming hordes of bandits would have killed Hig long ago. So, finding himself alive despite everything that's happened, Hig must to forge a new life in a new world. Narrator Mark Deakins turns in a winning performance. He deftly alternates between Hig's inner monologue, lush descriptions of the Colorado Rockies, and staccato prose. Throughout the book, Hig's first-person narration is interrupted by the imagined voice of Bangley — an element that could be confusing for listeners. Deakins rises to the challenge, however, creating distinct voices for the characters and an enjoyable listening experience. A Knopf hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

 

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

About the Author

PETER HELLER holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. His previous books include Kook; The Whale Warriors; and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo Gorge.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449013113
Author:
Heller, Peter
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Author:
Deakins, Mark
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Popular Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;post-apocalyptic;dystopia;colorado;survival;science fiction;flying;dogs;novel;post-apocalypse;dystopian;friendship;apocalyptic;airplanes;apocalypse;end of the world;dog;literary fiction;relationships;aviation;epidemic;love;adventure;flu pandemic;l
Subject:
fiction;post-apocalyptic;dystopia;colorado;survival;science fiction;flying;dogs;novel;post-apocalypse;dystopian;friendship;apocalyptic;airplanes;apocalypse;end of the world;dog;literary fiction;relationships;aviation;epidemic;love;adventure;flu pandemic;l
Subject:
fiction;post-apocalyptic;dystopia;colorado;survival;science fiction;flying;dogs;novel;post-apocalypse;dystopian;friendship;apocalyptic;end of the world;airplanes;apocalypse;literary fiction;dog;relationships;love;aviation;epidemic;flu pandemic;adventure;p
Subject:
fiction;post-apocalyptic;dystopia;colorado;survival;science fiction;flying;dogs;novel;post-apocalypse;dystopian;friendship;apocalyptic;end of the world;airplanes;apocalypse;literary fiction;dog;relationships;love;aviation;epidemic;flu pandemic;adventure;p
Edition Description:
Nine CD
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Grade Level:
A+&rdquo; &mdash;John J. Kelly, <i>Cincinnati City
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.93 x 5.09 x 1.16 in 0.58 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hig, the hero of Heller's thoughtful postapocalyptic novel, is a soft man in a hard world. One of the few survivors of a virus that wiped out most of humanity, Hig is better suited to reading poetry, fishing with his dog, and reminiscing than scratching out a hardscrabble existence in the land that used to be Colorado. If it weren't for Bangley, a cantankerous, survivalist neighbor, roaming hordes of bandits would have killed Hig long ago. So, finding himself alive despite everything that's happened, Hig must to forge a new life in a new world. Narrator Mark Deakins turns in a winning performance. He deftly alternates between Hig's inner monologue, lush descriptions of the Colorado Rockies, and staccato prose. Throughout the book, Hig's first-person narration is interrupted by the imagined voice of Bangley — an element that could be confusing for listeners. Deakins rises to the challenge, however, creating distinct voices for the characters and an enjoyable listening experience. A Knopf hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “Leave it to Peter Heller to imagine a postapocalyptic world that contains as much loveliness as it does devastation. His hero, Hig, flies a 1956 Cessna (his dog as copilot) around what was once Colorado, chasing all the same things we chase in these pre-annihilation days: love, friendship, the solace of the natural world, and the chance to perform some small kindness. The Dog Stars is a wholly compelling and deeply engaging debut.” —Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted

 

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss—and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life—something like his old life—exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return—not enough fuel to get him home—following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face—in the people he meets, and in himself—is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

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