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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.
Andy Warhol was right: "Im afraid if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all its meaning".
Peter Heller's book caught my eye when reviews described it as having powerful... Read more
Best book I've read for quite awhile. Very difficult to put down and when I did, I kept thinking about the story.Published 14 hours ago by Margaret J. McKee
No doubt that Peter Heller can write. I just didn't love this story. I finished it thinking, "Is that it."
Loved the "Dog Stars."
Love Heller's style and imagery. His non-fiction book, "Kook" was masterfully written and truly captured the essence of what it's like to venture into the world of surfing... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jennifer Davis
If you like Cormac McCarthy, put "The Painter" on your list. Peter Heller draws stark, yet textured portraits of the struggle to deal with loss. Read morePublished 2 days ago by JohnPeter
Great read. Heller builds a complex character in the painter himself. I loved the book.Published 2 days ago by Marguerite Trethewey