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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.
Peter Heller's lush descriptions and brutal insight into the full spectrum of the human soul come alive once again. This one paints a complete picture of the mind of an artist.Published 1 day ago by barbara wood
This was a page turner from the get go. A good satisfying read from beginning to end. I'll follow this author
Peter Heller has a style unlike any writer I have ever encountered. You literally enter his world that is so rich, it oozes with color, taste, smell and texture. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kristin Ervin
Not what I expected at all. Almost stopped reading it several times, but stuck it out. The beautiful descriptions of the outdoors against such horrific deeds kept me off balance. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Laurie Vander Velde
Love Hellers writing style. Incredible story. I am so moved. Love the images he creates both re painting and fishing.Published 7 days ago by Dan Peterson
I enjoyed the read and the main character/painter's attitude but was not enthralled by the story. I wanted him to make it and paint as he saw fit, but I was not moved to cheer for... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kathleen DesHotel
I enjoyed reading this book, fast paced, great descriptions, colorful characters. A good read. I like the way Mr. Read morePublished 10 days ago by josephine briggs
It took me a while to decide to stay with this book, because it isn't clean and feel-good like my average read. Read morePublished 14 days ago by martha frampton
Well written but I am not sure how I am supposed to feel after reading this book. Gotta think about it :-)Published 15 days ago by Strike3e