Longlisted forÂ an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionÂ
A captivating, often hilarious novel of family and wilderness from the bestselling author ofÂ The Circle, thisÂ is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story ofÂ adventure.
Josie and her childrenâs father have split up, sheâs been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and sheâs grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancÃ©eâs 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 RVÂ named the Chateau,Â and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire,Â 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 best-selling author ofÂ The Circle,Â Heroes of the FrontierÂ 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.
About: Struggling through a painful separation, the loss of her dental practice, and the senseless death of a young man, Josie embarks on an RV road trip to Alaska with her kids that is marked by both national wonders and the shadows of past regrets.
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