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Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.
Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience.
A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: Following up on the success of The Dog Stars, his post-apocalyptic literary debut of 2012, Peter Heller now pivots in a slightly different direction. The Painter is a contemporary Western about a 45-year-old artist and fly fisherman named Jim Stegner. Having lost two wives to divorce and his only daughter to violence, Stegner has felt the sting of life; but he’s also capable of experiencing great beauty, whether through his art, his relationships, or while out casting on a river. Heller skillfully balances these two sides of his protagonist, painting a portrait of a man whose dark edge can explode in unexpected ways (the first line of The Painter is "I never imagined I would shoot a man)." As the action moves forward, Heller proves adept at describing both peace and violence, and his second novel establishes him firmly in the tradition of writers like Kent Haruf, Thomas McGuane, and Cormac McCarthy. --Chris SchluepAbout the Author:
Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a 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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Book Description Knopf (New York), 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy (without marks or bruises or smells or any other defect). Comes with archival-quality mylar dust jacket cover (not clipped, of course). Shipped in well-padded box. Purchased new and opened only for author to sign, no inscriptions, just the author's name. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. You cannot find a better copy. His second novel, after THE DOG STARS. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 05-2014-02
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2014. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, First Printing. SIGNED - Octavo. Light blue boards and spine with silver lettering. This is a brand new book that was only opened for Heller's signature. Signed by the author on the title page in black pen. 364 pages. Neither the book nor the dust jacket have any discernable flaws. Winner of the Mountains and Plains Independent Bookseller's Association's 2014 Reading the West Award for Fiction. Extraorinarily talented writer's second foray into fiction, following up his moving postapocalyptic work The Dog Stars. Signed by the Author. Seller Inventory # 000036
Book Description Knopf, New York, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Flawless brand new 1st Edition/1st Printing hardcover and dust jacket SIGNED, placed ("L.A.") and dated ("April 18th, 2015") on the title page without inscription. This copy also came with a signature on a page tipped-in by the publisher so it has two signatures, each quite different from the other. (It seems the author signed the tipped-in pages very rapidly--as one is prone to do when faced with an enormous stack of blank sheets requiring signatures.) Heller's second novel, after the widely-acclaimed The Dog Stars. "Jim Stegner, celebrated painter, ardent fisherman, and homespun philosopher, narrates this masterful novel, in which love (parental and romantic), artistic vision, guilt, grief, and spine-chilling danger propel a suspenseful plot. Heller explores that mysteries of the human heart and creates an indelible portrait of a man searching for peace, while seeking to maintain his humanity in the face of violence and injustice." -- Publisher's Weekly. This stellar collector's copy will be packed in bubble-wrap to protect its corners and shipped in a sturdy box to make sure it arrives in pristine condition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABH856
Book Description Knopf, New York, Ny, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1ST. An Outstanding Copy - Signed By The Author On The Title Page. Signature Only. A First Edition, First Printing. Book Is In Fine Condition. Boards Are Clean, Not Bumped. Fore Edges Are Clean. Interior Is Clean And Legible. Not Remaindered. Dust Jacket Is In Fine Condition. Not Chipped Or Crinkled. Not Price Clipped. Dust Jacket Is Covered By Mylar Brodart. Thanks And Enjoy. Signed by Author(s). Book. Seller Inventory # 015013