The Dog Stars

Author(s): Peter Heller


A "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Atlantic Monthly" Best Book of the Year
Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley.
But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for.


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"Extraordinary. . . . One of those books that makes you happy for literature." --Junot Diaz, "The Wall Street Journal"
"This end-of-the-world novel [is] more like a rapturous beginning. . . . Remarkable." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"For all those who thought Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" the last word on the post-apocalyptic world--think again. . . . Make time and space for this savage, tender, brilliant book." --Glen Duncan, author of "The Last Werewolf"
"Heart-wrenching and richly written. . . . "The Dog Stars" is a love story, but not just in the typical sense. It's an ode to friendship between two men, a story of the strong bond between a human and a dog, and a reminder of what is worth living for." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune"
"A dreamy, postapocalyptic love letter to things of beauty, big and small." -Gillian Flynn, author of" Gone Girl
"Heartbreaking" --"The Seattle Times"
"A brilliant success." --"The New Yorker "
"Beautifully written and morally challenging" -"The Atlantic Monthly "
"A book that rests easily on shelves with Dean Koontz, Jack London or Hemingway." --"The Missourian
"Dark, poetic, and funny." --Jennifer Reese, NPR
"Terrific. . . . Recalling the bleakness of Cormac McCarthy and the trout-praising beauty of David James Duncan, "The Dog Stars" makes a compelling case that the wild world will survive the apocalypse just fine; it's the humans who will have the heavy lifting." --"Outside
"A post-apocalyptic adventure novel with the soul of haiku." --"The Columbus Dispatch"
"An elegy for a lost world turns suddenly into a paean to new possibilities. In "The Dog Stars," Peter Heller serves up an insightful account of physical, mental, and spiritual survival unfolded in dramatic and often lyrical prose." --"The Boston Globe"
"Take the sensibility of Hemingway. Or James Dickey. Place it in a world where a flu mutation has wiped out ninety-nine percent o

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780307950475
  • : Vintage Books
  • : Vintage Books
  • : May 2013
  • : 208mm X 137mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Heller
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 813.6
  • : 319