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Longlisted forÃÂ an Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in FictionÃÂ
A captivating, often hilarious novel of family and wilderness from the bestselling author ofÃÂ The Circle, thisÃÂ is a powerful examination of our contemporary life and a rousing story ofÃÂ adventure.
Josie and her childrenÃ¢ÂÂs father have split up, sheÃ¢ÂÂs been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and sheÃ¢ÂÂs grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancÃÂ©eÃ¢ÂÂs 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 RVÃÂ named the Chateau,ÃÂ and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire,ÃÂ 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 ofÃÂ The Circle,ÃÂ Heroes of the FrontierÃÂ 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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