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The River

by Peter Heller

About the Book

The River unspools like a gripping tale told around a campfire at night. Heller’s lyrical prose illuminates a modern buddy- adventure that is a physical as well as moral journey. It’s late August, and Jack and Wynn are beginning a wilderness canoe trip into the Canadian wilderness. The two young men, from different backgrounds, bonded while away at college through their mutual love of the outdoors and literature. 

Jack and Wynn are compelling characters whose skills and friendship will be tested as they are pitted against a beautiful and powerful natural world — and also its most dangerous predator. 

Trying to evade a distant but growing forest fire, the pair turn back to try to warn two sets of people they had spotted along the river. The drunk duo don’t listen, and they lose track of the arguing couple along the river after they disappear in the sudden dense fog.  

The next day they meet a hysterical man who says he has lost his wife. But has he?  

Heller writes a tight novel that successfully combines nature/adventure/thriller writing in a way that puts you right in the canoe with Jack and Wynn.

About the Author

Peter Heller is the national bestselling author of CelineThe Painter, and The Dog StarsThe Painter was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the prestigious Reading the West Book Award, shared in the past by Western writers such as Cormac McCarthy and Terry Tempest Williams, and The Dog Stars, which was published to critical acclaim and lauded as a breakout bestseller, has been published in twenty-two languages to date.

Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Related Events

Film Club: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 7:00 pm
Virtual Event | Wealthy Theatre’s Facebook Page

Do you ever wish you could escape to the great outdoors? Use the library’s streaming service Kanopy to watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople and then join our panel of experts as they discuss their favorite parts of the film.

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