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The Dog Stars
 
 
Author
Peter Heller.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780307950475
Pages/Publication Date 320/2013
Daedalus Item Code 38573
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(A San Francisco Chronicle and Atlantic Monthly Best Book of 2012) The author of such gems of literary nonfiction as The Whale Warriors, Kook, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River, adventure writer and NPR contributor Peter Heller makes his fiction debut with this riveting, widely praised novel about a pilot living in an emptied world. Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows—his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and his only neighbor is a gun-toting misanthrope. Now Hig lives with his dog Jasper in the hangar of a small abandoned airport. He flies out in his 1956 Cessna to look for signs of life and, occasionally, sneaks off to the mountains to fish for the trout that are no longer there, and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. When a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better 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.

"With its evocative descriptions of hunting, fishing, and flying, this novel, perhaps the world's most poetic survival guide, reads as if Billy Collins had novelized one of George Romero's zombie flicks."—Publisher's Weekly

 
 
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