Heroes of the Frontier

Heroes of the Frontier

A Novel

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Josie and her children's father have split up, she's been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she's grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée's 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 RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: they see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, 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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451493804
Branch Call Number: EGGERS
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 28, 2019

This book should be re-titled "Losers of the Frontier" or "Drunk, Dirty and Directionless." The mother, Josie, is a lush and leaves the parenting to her 6 yr old son. She lets her hyperactive 5 year old run wild. They don't wash their clothes, bathe nor clean their RV. They go along with whatever stranger or situation presents itself. She never consults a map. How does she not run out of gas, food and money? Why did they leave Ohio without taking more care in packing supplies? When will she ever formulate a plan? When will she grow a spine? I quit the book because It was just ridiculous that she kept on and on making bad decisions while continuing to whip herself for past sins.

Apr 03, 2017

I really hated this main character. She is selfish, puts her children in harm's way, doesn't really care much for them until she's had two glasses of wine and then they are the most magical creatures she has ever seen. I thought for sure the main character had mental health issues but that never seemed to be addressed. I was hoping for more of a concrete resolution, more for the children's sakes than Josie's.

Feb 20, 2017

I had high hopes for this book, it had gotten good reviews. I was quite disappointed, the
story dragged, the characters never went anywhere and I had a hard time finishing it. I
kept hoping it would get better or that something interesting would develop, but the
wandering, hopeless mother kept being hopeless and boring. A good book should stir
the emotions, this one just stayed in neutral.

Nov 14, 2016

Preposterous setup. Gave it ten minutes and quit.

Oct 11, 2016

A well written page-turner full of thrills and laughs..... too soon ended.

Sep 26, 2016

What do you do when your life falls apart? Jump in an ancient RV and drag your two kids around Alaska. Frightening, funny and thrilling.

Aug 31, 2016

One of those books where you are on the edge most of the time, waiting for something bad (or smelly) to happen. I mean that in a good way. It's a modern day type of Goldilocks - very readable and full of quirks.

Aug 22, 2016

I expected more from this story. The ending was disappointing. The author makes quite a few scatological references. I suppose this was intended to be funny?

Aug 16, 2016

Really annoying. Lucky her children didn't die with her irresponsible search for peace.

Phil_R Aug 02, 2016

It's a suspenseful thrill ride except there's no scary villains, just 2 super cute kids.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Arapahoe Libraries

To Top