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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 Schluep
It's also a very well written and interesting story.
Beautiful, lyrical writing – Peter Heller describes the Colorado and New Mexico scenery with the painterly style of his protagonist, the Painter.
I really wanted to like this, and the story was pretty interesting, but I found the writing to be just a little too flowery.
a morality play that holds you in its grasp! The great descriptions of a painter's very precise observations of the beauty of Nature, or the srPublished 4 hours ago by Marilyn W Offutt
An absorbing read... Colorado seen through the beautifully written words of an artist.interwoven is a cat and mouse series of events that keep you tied to this novel.Published 5 days ago by Happy Customer
Struggled to decide if this was a romance novel gone wrong, a story of a struggling artist, a chronicle on how & where to fish or a satirical farce. Read morePublished 6 days ago by kasey barton
The beauty of the words equals the imagined paintings, a journey into the creation of honesty. Loss and replacement , disturbing and astounding!Published 20 days ago by Larry terry
Great detail of western CO and NM.
Brings one into the mind of those who have a gift, different than that of our own.
Another great book about a painter. This is written at a different time than my
other art books I have reviewed. I think each one is special in its own way. Read more
I liked the story but heller uses too many words to tell the story. I could have read the story in half the time and not missed a beat.. Read morePublished 24 days ago by helen bolton
Pre-feminist wish fulfillment told in the first person by a gifted, self-described “outsider” artist who, incongruously, has prestigious gallery representation and plenty of dough. Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Faxon