Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

  • By  Ian
  • 6 October, 2017
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Dave Eggers has written some great books. A Hologram for the King and The Circle are both fabulous, and though this one is quite different, it touches on the same themes of estrangement and dismay at contemporary American life.

It’s all about Josie, a dentist who has run away to Alaska with her two children, Ana, a precocious and lively five year-old and Paul the sensible older brother.

Josie is going through something of a crisis: she has lost her dental practice to a lawsuit and her ex is getting married, wanting to draw his kids into his new world in Florida.

As she hires a battered Recreational Vehicle and drives the three of them into the wilds, it feels like a quirky road-trip but the forest fires and sense of menace from the characters, locations and weather (all wonderfully detailed) give it a serious tone. That being said, there are also some very funny scenes.

The kids are well written and many of the secondary characters are fun (especially her ex, Carl) but Josie’s motivations sometime seem a little unbelievable, particularly towards the end.

Heroes of the Frontier is an enjoyable read, even if it isn’t as fantastic as some of his other work.

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