The Dog Stars

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 - Fiction - 319 pages
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“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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User Review  - Nancy R. Ives - Book Verdict

Hig, the protagonist of this postapocalyptic novel, has been living in an abandoned airplane hangar on the outskirts of Denver for nine years, since a pandemic killed most of the world's population ... Read full review

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"Powerful", "riveting" the editorial review began. I can't improve on that. I want to find new words that haven't been invented yet to describe how much I loved this book, but superlatives almost seem ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
49
Section 3
52
Section 4
60
Section 5
90
Section 6
96
Section 7
111
Section 8
160
Section 10
185
Section 11
239
Section 12
272
Section 13
301
Section 14
323
Section 15
325
Section 16
327
Copyright

Section 9
170

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About the author (2012)

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. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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