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The River

By Peter Heller

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A gripping tale of man vs nature, and the destructive power of revenge from the author of New York Times bestseller The Dog Stars.

You can try to outrun nature... but will you survive one man's fury?

TWO FRIENDS
Wynn and Jack have been best friends since their first day of college, brought together by their shared love of literature and the great outdoors.

THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME
When they decide to take time off university and canoe down the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate the ultimate wilderness experience.
No phones.
No fellow travellers.
No way of going back.

A HELLISH RIDE
But as a raging wildfire starts to make its way towards them, their idyllic expedition becomes a desperate race for survival. And when a man suddenly appears, claiming his wife has vanished, the fight against nature's destructive power becomes entangled with a much deadlier game of cat and mouse.

Because the only thing more dangerous than a burning forest is a man's thirst for revenge...

'Masterful... An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide' Kirkus (Starred Review)
'A heart-pounding adventure that's hard to put down' Library Journal (Starred Review)
'Like Mark Twain and Toni Morrison, Heller is a rare talent' Elle

Biographical Notes

PETER HELLER is a long-time contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award-winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction and four bestselling novels, including the New York Times bestseller THE DOG STARS, a Guardian, San Francisco Chronicle and Atlantic Book of the Year.
Born and raised in New York, he attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he became an outdoorsman and white-water kayaker. He has travelled the world as an expedition kayaker, writing about challenging descents in the Pamirs, the Tien Shan mountains, the Caucuses, Central America and Peru.
He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he received an MFA in fiction and poetry, and won a Michener fellowship for his epic poem 'The Psalms of Malvine'.

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Two college friends' leisurely river trek becomes an ordeal of fire and human malice... Heller confidently manages a host of tensions... and his pacing is masterful as well, briskly but calmly capturing the scenery in slower moments, then running full-throttle and shifting to barrelling prose when danger is imminent... Fresh and affecting... An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller and the wisdom of a grizzled nature guide — Kirkus (Starred Review)
Using an artist's eye to describe Jack and Wynn's wilderness world, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Heller has transformed his own outdoor experiences into a heart-pounding adventure that's hard to put down. — Library Journal (Starred Review)
Suspenseful... With its evocative descriptions of nature's splendour and brutality, Heller's novel beautifully depicts the powers that can drive humans apart - and those that compel them to return repeatedly to one another — Publishers Weekly
Heller once again chronicles life-or-death adventure with empathy for the natural world and the characters who people it. He writes most mightily of the boys' friendship and their beloved, uncompromising wilderness, depicting those layers of life that lie far beyond what is more commonly seen. — Booklist
A dreamy, post-apocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small. — Gillian Flynn on THE DOG STARS
Magical and life-affirming. — Guardian on THE DOG STARS
[The Dog Stars] gripped me-it's the real deal. One of those books that makes you happy for literature. — Junot Díaz, Wall Street Journal on THE DOG STARS
In The Dog Stars, Peter Heller serves up an insightful account of physical, mental, and spiritual survival unfolded in dramatic and often lyrical. — Boston Globe on THE DOG STARS
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller is a heavenly book, a stellar achievement by a debut novelist that manages to combine sparkling prose with truly memorable, shining, characters. It contains all of the lyricism of Cormac McCarthy at his best. — New York Journal of Books on THE DOG STARS
Ravishing. . . The supreme pleasure of this book is the lovely writing. . . The pages of The Dog Stars are damp with grief for what is lost and can never be recovered. But there are moments of unexpected happiness, of real human interaction, infused with love and hope, like the twinkling of a star we might wish upon, which makes this end-of-the-world novel more like a rapturous beginning. . . . Remarkable. — San Francisco Chronicle on THE DOG STARS
Stunning. — Library Journal (starred review) on THE DOG STARS
Surprising and irresistible. — Booklist (starred review) on THE DOG STARS
From start to finish, Heller carries the reader aloft on graceful prose, intense action, and deeply felt emotion. — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE DOG STARS
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